Istanbul police has beaten and detained 29 demonstrators gathered in the city’s Kadıköy district to denounce police brutality and to stand in solidarity with anti-racism protesters in the United States, T24 reported.
The police intervened late Tuesday after a group of about 50 activists ignored calls to disperse. Young people scattered into alleyways chanting, “Decimate police violence”, the outlet said.
Photos of the protest showed some of the activists carrying a poster of George Floyd, an African American, whose violent death at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer on May 25 has prompted worldwide protests against racial discrimination.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who was prime minister during one of the biggest demonstrations against a government in Turkey’s history and the police violence that followed in 2013, sent his condolences to Floyd’s family on Friday.
Erdoğan had said the victim died as a result of torture and the killing was “one of the most painful manifestations of the unjust order we stand against across the world”.