3 teens detained for Berkin protest during Children’s Day celebration

Three teenagers were detained during a National Sovereignty and Children’s Day celebration in İstanbul for protesting the death of Berkin Elvan, who was shot with a police tear gas canister during last summer’s Gezi Park protests and died after 269 days in a coma, Turkish media reported.

According to initial reports, two of the teens were attending a celebration in İstanbul’s Eyüp district where İstanbul Governor Hüseyin Avni Mutlu was present and were immediately detained by police after holding up a banner that read “Berkin Elvan is Immortal.”

The incident took place when Governor Mutlu was preparing to make a speech on stage. After seeing the detention of the two, another youth started shouting a slogan to protest the death of Elvan. He was also taken into custody by police units present in the celebration area.

Elvan’s March 11 death sparked public outrage and sporadic clashes broke out between protesters and police after thousands of people poured into streets across the country in more than 20 provinces. Twenty-two-year-old Burak Can Karamanoğlu was shot and killed at the site of a crowded protest in İstanbul following Elvan’s funeral, an incident for which the left-wing terrorist Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C) subsequently claimed responsibility.

The Turkish nation marks National Sovereignty and Children’s Day on Tuesday with celebrations held throughout Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC).


About yavuzbaydar

Yavuz Baydar has been an award-winning Turkish journalist, whose professional activity spans nearly four decades. In December 2013, Baydar co-founded the independent media platform, P24, Punto24, to monitor the media sector of Turkey, as well as organizing surveys, and training workshops. Baydar wrote opinion columns, in Turkish, liberal daily Ozgur Dusunce and news site Haberdar, and in English, daily Today's Zaman, on domestic and foreign policy issues related to Turkey, and media matters, until all had to cease publications due to growing political oppression. Currently, he writes regular chronicles for Die Süddeutsche Zeitung, and opinion columns for the Arab Weekly, as well as analysis for Index on Censorship. Baydar blogs with the Huffington Post, sharing his his analysis and views on Turkish politics, the Middle East, Balkans, Europe, U.S-Turkish relations, human rights, free speech, press freedom, history, etc. His opinion articles appeared at the New York Times, the Guardian, El Pais, Svenska Dagbladet, and Al Jazeera English online. Turkey’s first news ombudsman, beginning at Milliyet daily in 1999, Baydar worked in the same role as reader representative until 2014. His work included reader complaints with content, and commentary on media ethics. Working in a tough professional climate had its costs: he was twice forced to leave his job, after his self-critical columns on journalistic flaws and fabricated news stories. Baydar worked as producer and news presenter in Swedish Radio &TV Corp. (SR) Stockholm, Sweden between 1979-1991; as correspondent for Scandinavia and Baltics for Turkish daily Cumhuriyet between 1980-1992, and the BBC World Service, in early 1990's. Returning to Turkey in 1994, he worked as reporter and ediytor for various outlets in print, as well as hosting debate porogrammes in public and private TV channels. Baydar studied informatics, cybernetics and, later, had his journalism ediucatiob in the University of Stockholm. Baydar served as president of the U.S. based International Organizaton of News Ombudsmen (ONO) in 2003. He was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at University of Michigan in 2004. Baydar was given the Special Award of the European Press Prize (EPP), for 'excellence in journalism', along with the Guardian and Der Spiegel in 2014. He won the Umbria Journalism Award in March 2014 and Caravella/Mare Nostrum Prize in 2015; both in Italy. Baydar completed an extensive research on self-censorship, corruption in media, and growing threats over journalism in Turkey as a Shorenstein Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
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