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US News Turkey: thousands of demonstrators against violence against women

09:15  06 august  2020
09:15  06 august  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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In Turkey, despite the holidays and the coronavirus, several thousand women gathered on the Asian side of Istanbul to cry out their commitment to the Istanbul Convention against Violence Against Women. The government is considering withdrawing under the pretext that it would threaten family values.

With our correspondent in Istanbul, Cerise Sudry-Le Dû

Pinar Gültekin, Emine Bulut, Yasemin Ilhan: the names of these women, killed in recent months in Turkey, are chanted, one by one, by the demonstrators gathered on the shore Asian from Istanbul. In July alone, 36 women were killed across the country.

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When the government announced that it was considering withdrawing from the Istanbul convention , the blood of activists therefore only ran out. Demonstrations took place across the country. The most important took place on the evening of August 5. For Çağla Çinili, 26, there is no question of letting this macabre count continue. “This convention protects us! she exclaims. If they do away with it, then they can take away all national rights that protect women. "

On an improvised stage, Feride Eralp, 30, shouts. She is part of the committee that organized the demonstration. “The current government has lost a lot of power. As a result, he puts more pressure using Islam, she explains. Imagine, a woman, Hatiye Gözbek, was killed by her husband because she used concentrate instead of fresh tomatoes for dinner, as he had asked her to! And it’s the government that allows men to behave like that ”. And Feride, his voice broken, concluded: “Our voices add up. And we cry louder together ”.

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