Armutlu is a neighbourhood in Antakya, Turkey. From the beginning of Gezi Park Protest in June two young people ,Abdullah Comert and Ahmet Atakan, died in this neighbourhood during demonstrations. Ahmet Atakan, aged 22, died in Antakya on the 10th of September during a demonstration to support the students protesting against the construction of a road through the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. People gathered in Armutlu to protest the death of Ahmet Atakan and tried to march to the centre of the city. Riot police intervened demonstrators with heavy tear gas and water canon. © Adnan Onur Acar / Nar Photos Used by permission
A new blog on Amnesty International – USA’s main website calls attention to the on-going suppression of freedom of expression and assembly in Turkey. It argues for increased mobilization and for the United States to take a leading role in suspending shipments of tear gas and other riot control gear until Turkey ceases its abuse.
Read the blog here.