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Condemn Violence As Response To Free Expression

Dr. Widad Akreyi condemned the attacks of Turkish President bodyguards against Kurdish, Armenian and other protesters outside Turkey’s embassy in Washington, DC on 17 May 2017.

“We know that Mr. Erodgan is steering Turkey away from democracy, perhaps encapsulated best by his massive crackdown on civil society and perceived opponents in Bakur, Turkey and Rojava. What is new is to see his brutality reaching Washington streets for the second year in a row… Mr. Erdogan should be held accountable for the injuries and traumas sustained in these incidences.”

 

We Condemn The Use Of Violence To Suppress Free Speech

 

In a new statement, Dr. Widad Akreyi said:

“We condemn the use of violence as a tool to suppress free speech and we express solidarity with the protesters who were kicked and choked by Mr. Erdogan’s security men. Reports say that nine demonstrators were injured, two elderly men had serious injuries in their heads. One of them has lost one tooth, while another female demonstrator was choked until she was unconscious.

We know that Mr. Erodgan is steering Turkey away from democracy, perhaps encapsulated best by his massive crackdown on civil society and perceived opponents in Bakur, Turkey and Rojava. What is new is to see his brutality reaching Washington streets for the second year in a row.”

Last year, Turkish security forces attacked the Kurdish protesters outside the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. This year, the demonstrators were shocked to be targeted again in a country where freedom was the basis of its foundation. A video was recorded at the Turkish embassy by Voice of America Turkish news. Using noise reduction and volume enhancement techniques, a professional sound editor has conducted an analysis of the video and determined that Turkish president’s security guard shouted out the phrases “he says attack” and “come, come, come.”

“We find it abhorrent not only that Mr. Erdogan reportedly ordered the attacks, but also that he and his security force openly violated the right of free expression, which is a right protected by the First Amendment to the US Constitution. Mr. Erdogan should be held accountable for the injuries and traumas sustained in these incidences. He must at least apologize for the repeated brutal attacks on peaceful activists.”

Dr. Widad

18 May 2017