By Ali Kucukgocmen and Bulent Usta
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Round 1,000 ladies gathered close to Istanbul’s primary Taksim Sq. on Monday, protesting what they see as a scarcity of motion by authorities to stop and punish violence in opposition to ladies, in a rustic the place femicide charges have surged in recent times.
The protesters, principally ladies carrying purple flags with ladies and LGBTI+ indicators and sporting purple masks studying “We’ll win our freedom,” gathered on a primary avenue after police closed off the entrances to Taksim Sq. on Worldwide Girls’s Day.
Girls police stood with their arms linked on the finish of the road, blocking entry to the sq. whereas behind them stood fences, police in riot gear and water cannon vehicles.
“Girls are very sturdy and they’re afraid of this. They need to block murderers, not us,” mentioned Ipek Deniz, a 36-year-old nurse collaborating within the protests.
The femicide fee roughly doubled between 2011 and 2019, in line with a bunch that screens murders of ladies, which additionally mentioned that to this point in 2021, 51 ladies have been murdered and one other 26 have died beneath suspicious circumstances.
Turkey doesn’t maintain official statistics on femicide.
On the weekend, a video displaying a lady being punched and kicked within the head by her ex-husband on the road in northern Turkey sparked outrage on social media. The suspect was then detained, media studies mentioned, whereas the girl was admitted to hospital.
Talking at a congress of his AK Occasion’s ladies’s wing, President Tayyip Erdogan mentioned Turkey would set up a fee in parliament to deal with points concerning violence in opposition to ladies.
“We hear that there are those that name on women to depart their father’s properties as quickly as attainable. Turkey will someway clear up the issue of violence in opposition to ladies, the actual risk is that this mentality taking root,” he mentioned.
The protester round Taksim chanted “Femicide is political” and “The life is ours, the selection is ours, the streets are ours, you may maintain your loved ones.”
“We’re oppressed beneath the male energy daily. Girls’s murderers are rewarded by not being punished,” mentioned Sumeyye Kose, a 21-year-old scholar.
“We’re right here in opposition to rising violence, in opposition to systematic LGBTI-phobia, in opposition to femicide. We’ll win,” she mentioned.
(Writing by Ali Kucukgocmen; Modifying by Steve Orlofsky)
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