Report: Police used violence, gas and rubber bullets during intervention in protests in Van

A report prepared by the Human Rights Centre of Van Bar Association, Human Rights Association (IHD) and Association of Lawyers for Freedom (ÖHD) denounced the rights violations during the protests after the local elections.

Human rights and legal organisations announced the violations of rights during the protests in Van province following the withdrawal of the rights of Abdullah Zeydan, who was elected by the people of Van as co-mayor of the Metropolitan Municipality, in the local elections on March 31.

The report was announced at the Tahir Elçi Conference Hall of the Bar Association. Many civil society organisations in the city also attended the meeting.

The report stated that the police used tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets during the interventions, injuring citizens and detaining many people.

It was emphasised that the police used disproportionate force during the demonstrations and marches organised to protest the usurpation of the will of the people in the local elections in Van.

The report also stated that law enforcement forces blockaded the DEM Party Provincial Building, intervened with demonstrators and caused injuries.

On the other hand, the march of Van Metropolitan Municipality Co-Mayor Abdullah Zeydan with the people was intervened and many people were beaten and detained.

Mehmet Salih Coşkun, President of IHD Van Branch, explained the violations in the report in detail and stated that these violations were committed in order to suppress democratic reactions. It was noted that a detailed report on the incidents mentioned in the report will be shared in the coming days.