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Children’s Day celebrations in Turkey

Written by Thomas Büsch on . Posted in Urban Chant

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Three children were detained by police when they shouted the slogan “Berkin Elvan is immortal” in honor of a 15-year-old who was killed by officers during the Gezi Park revolt, at an official celebration for April 23 Children’s Day in Istanbul’s Haliç neighborhood.

Istanbul Gov. Hüseyin Avni Mutlu, who attracted societal opprobrium for overseeing the police’s brutal crackdown on Gezi protesters last year, took the stage in Feshane on April 23 as part of the Children’s Day celebrations.

Two children subsequently opened a poster reading “Berkin Elvan is immortal” and shouted slogans. The police detained the children and put their hands on their mouth to prevent them from interfering with the governor’s festivities any further.

From Hürriyet Daily News

 

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