Turkish police use tear gas against protesting women 

Thousands of women took to the streets across Turkey to mark the U.N. International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. In Istanbul riot police reacted against marchers by firing tear gas at them.

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Turkish police use tear gas against protesting women  - NewsMavens
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Why this story matters:

Police officers stated that the march, organized last Sunday, was banned and improper. Protestors responded by yelling “We will not be silent,” “We are not afraid,” and “We will not obey”. Eventually the marchers broke off, but not before they released their statement. 

"Despite all these, we, women, do not have the slightest intention to keep silent or give up our rights, our struggle, our life and each other!" one of the women from the November 25 Women's Platform declared. 

President Erdogan called violence against women "one of Turkey's biggest problems" in the past. Two out of every five Turkish women have been subjected to physical or sexual assault by their partners at some point in their lives, according to the UN. The crackdown in Turkey did not spare the women's rights movement. "Erdogan's government seems more concerned with stopping protests than preventing male violence" stated one of the female protesters last Sunday.

Details from the story:

  • Two women were affected by the tear gas and were taken out of the square.
  • "Over one hundred thousand women were subjected to violence in Turkey throughout 2017 while more than one hundred thousand women were subjected to violence only in the first seven months of this year. Almost 400 of these women have lost their lives."

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