HDP delegation visits Şenyaşar family protesting in Urfa
HDP deputy Mahmut Toğrul visited the Şenyaşar family's vigil in front of the court in Urfa. Emine Şenyaşar and her son are demanding justice for their family members murdered by bodyguards and relatives of an AKP deputy.
Emine Şenyaşar lost her husband and two of her sons to attacks by bodyguards and relatives of AKP deputy Halil Yıldız. She has been sitting outside the courthouse in Urfa for 37 days demanding justice for her slain family members. Emine Şenyaşar is accompanied by her son Ferit Şenyaşar and, time and her daughter Perihan Yüzügüldü. Despite sweltering heat, the family sits in the Ramadan sun without food or drink in front of the barrier at the courthouse. A sign reads "Justice," and in front of it are pictures from the day of the attack. Emine Şenyaşar tells people going to court about the horrific crime against her family. Supporters visit the protest every day. Among the visitors on Wednesday were HDP deputy Mahmut Toğrul and a delegation from the Antep provincial branch of the Democratic Regions Party (DBP).
"We just want justice"
Emine Şenyaşar told the delegation, "I have to sit here. It is Ramadan and I think maybe they will take pity on us and release my son." She is referring to her son Fadıl Şenyaşar, who survived the armed attack by AKP official Ibrahim Halil Yıldız and his bodyguards with serious injuries. Shortly after his release from the hospital, he was arrested and sentenced to 37 years in prison for "premeditated murder."
"Why are the murderers not punished?"
"My son has been sentenced, I haven't seen him for three years," Emine Şenyaşar said. "Why are those who murdered us not punished, why are the pictures of the hospital massacre not shown to the public? The God will judge those who committed such injustice."
"Hospital massacre" refers to the crime committed against the Şenyaşar family in Urfa Hospital. At the instigation of the AKP candidate, relatives of Ibrahim Halil Yıldız had killed one of Emine and Hacı Esvet Şenyaşar's sons in the hospital's emergency room. Another son was killed in front of the state hospital in Suruç. Beaten severely on the head with an oxygen tank, the father, Hacı Esvet Şenyaşar, later succumbed to his injuries.
"Everything is kept under wraps"
Emine's daughter Perihan Yüzügüldü said, "Why has the footage from the surveillance cameras been withheld for three years? If it is the fault of my brothers who were killed and my brother in prison, then my other two brothers should also be arrested. My brothers and my father were brutally murdered. We just want justice."
"The right of the rulers prevents justice"
HDP deputy Mahmut Toğrul declared his solidarity with the family and stated that the atrocities were divided into two different cases. "Although the hospital massacre was committed by relatives of MP Halil Ibrahim Yildiz in front of the eyes of local authorities, the prosecutor's office has not opened a single case yet. Everything can be seen in the camera footage from the hospital. Although the prosecutor said that 23 people have been identified, the case is not being prosecuted. This is not justice, it is the law of the rulers. The regime is using its power to prevent legal action against its supporters over the hospital massacre. The law of the rulers is obstructing justice."
"There is no justice inside there"
Toğrul continued, "Today is the second day of Ramadan. Yesterday the family broke the fast in front of this huge courthouse. The word 'justice' is written on the building, but unfortunately there is no justice there. This mother has been calling for justice for 37 days. We affirm that we stand by her side."