The protest in Kadıköy, which was one of the many in the world, due to the effectiveness of the song / dance method used in protesting femicide in Chile, where 11 women were murdered in 2019, was met by a police intervention that was unprecedented in any other country.
We shout out: “Stop femicide, not the women”.
In Turkey, where a new femicide is committed each and every day, it is a mindless understanding of “security” to prevent the protests, to take 6 women under custody , to take them to the police station with “reverse handcuffs” and to detain them all night in order to refer them to the courthouse, while all the authorities holding public power are supposed to be providing “special protection” for women displaying such sensitivity towards the issue.
The democratic protest methods as a reaction to the murder of 440 women in 2019 cannot be perceived beyond raising the sensitivity of society and demonstrating solidarity that prevails in the whole world. This kind of activism, which should be highly respected because of this feature, is a source of pride for democracies.
The unique type of protest by women in Kadıköy yesterday should be understood with this kind of perception. Instead, it is unacceptable not only in terms of democracy, but also in terms of law that the public authorities, who are unable to stop violence against women, prefer to stop women.
The statement made by the Governor’s Office in Istanbul regarding this action is also interesting in that it carries the weirdness which takes responsibility from the law enforcement and puts it on the Public Prosecutor's Office.
As the Istanbul Bar Association, we have supported and will continue to support women in custody since the beginning of the events. We will also monitor the courthouse stage with due diligence. But more importantly, we will not only support women in this struggle, but we will become a stakeholder by describing it as “our own struggle”.
PRESIDENCY OF ISTANBUL BAR ASSOCIATION