Police violence caught on video as Turkey celebrates Eid under lockdown

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Turkish police officers beating up and violently detaining several people for violating lockdown orders in three separate incidents in Istanbul and the northwestern Tekirdağ province were caught on video by passers-by on Monday, sparking protest on Turkish social media.

Turkey has spent the Eid al Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, under a nationwide lockdown as the government increased restrictions aimed to further contain the coronavirus pandemic, to allow for normalisation in June.

In the video taken in Tekirdağ’s industrial centre Çorlu, officers are seen shouting at a family sitting in their front porch. Eight officers in total are visible in the video, harassing and dragging members of the Gültaş family, and eventually forcing them on the ground to handcuff them behind their backs.

Ahval

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