Jun 12 2018

High school students report police torture

Eight high school students detained during a demonstration last Friday have testified they were tortured by police while in detention, German public international broadcast Deutsche Welle reports.

Images of high school students at the protest being dragged onto a police bus and heavily beaten while handcuffed were shared on social media last Friday.

The students, who are reportedly members of the Revolutionary High School Students group, had been taking part in a demonstration in Istanbul’s Kadıköy neighbourhood protesting the Turkish education system on the last day of the school year, when students in Turkey receive their yearly report card.

Police intervened without warning the crowd to disperse, and torture began as the 22 students were detained, eight of the students said during their statements in court.

The eight, all under 18 years of age, described torture as the police took them into custody and later. One described being spat on and sworn at, another’s genitals were pressed while being taken into custody, and one described being beaten with metal handcuffs and an electrified baton.

A 17-year-old girl who was among the detainees said she was stripped naked to be searched while her hands were cuffed behind her back.

Tamer Doğan, the lawyer representing the children, said they had obtained doctor’s reports on the beatings and said legal action would be taken against the police responsible.