A prosecutor should stop violence against LGBTIs
The governor of Istanbul defended the police that used disproportionate power to interfere with the LGBTI pride parade in Istanbul, saying:
“No application was made to the office of the governor concerning the parade. Sensitivity was shown to the principle of proportionality within the jurisdiction of the law.”
I do not understand how this man became a governor. It should be a matter of shame for Turkey to have such a person be the governor of a city like Istanbul, a world metropolis.
First, an application for permission was completed 15 days ago.
Second, there was no need to ask for permission, according to the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
This is a right in a democracy. No permission is required.
Third, those who wanted to march did not resort to violence.
Fourth, the intervention was not proportionate at all; police used extreme violence. They intervened by using water cannons and pepper gas. A lot of people were wounded. There is a person who might lose an eye.
Police officers knew the consequences of this type of interference from past experience. They interfered with the aim of wounding people.
Fifth, the ruling of the Constitution Court on a similar case was published ten days ago.
This is what the ruling said:
“In special cases when there are legitimate reasons to give an immediate reaction and when protests are done in a peaceful way, dispersing such an act arguing that the commitment for a pre-notification has not taken place is a disproportionate limitation to the right of peaceful assembly.”
The governor of Istanbul and the high level police officers who implemented his illegal orders have committed a grave crime.
They have knowingly and willingly violated the constitution, the European Convention of Human Rights and the rulings of the ECHR and the Constitutional Court.
Under normal circumstances, they should have been dismissed from their duties and under investigation.
But this did not happen because the ruling elites in Turkey want to oppress civil society opposition through covert fascistic methods.
They voters will make them pay for it; either today, or tomorrow.
But how about the civil officials who take part in these illegal acts voluntarily?
Is there not one single prosecutor in this city who can investigate the officials of the civil authority who go beyond legal limits?
Is there not one single prosecutor to say “stop” to this despicable violence?
Everything reminds me of the king
Emine Erdoğan, the wife of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, donated a necklace to the aid campaign for the flood disaster that took place in Pakistan five years ago.
The necklace was taken by Pakistan’s former prime minister, Yusuf Gilani, to give to the victims of the disaster.
Then there was no trace of the necklace. Gilani had said he deposited the value of the necklace into the account open for the victims of the disaster, but this issue crated a political problem in Pakistan.
In the end, the necklace that could not be accepted by the Foreign Ministry and the Prime Ministry; according to the laws in Pakistan, it was handed by Gilani to the State Archives.
It is expected that it will be returned to Turkey.
There is no such thing in our laws. It is accepted as impolite to turn down a present.
The present is supposed to be transferred to the Treasury by a public officer within 15 days.
The king of Saudi Arabia used to bring presents to the president and prime minister’s wives.
He used to be a generous person. His most modest present used to cost around $300,000-$400,000.
And these presents were not transferred to the Treasury in time.
I have been raising this issue for the past six years.
The former president has retired; the former prime minister has become the president.
I still ask; where are these presents?