First criminal case opened against banging of pots, pans

An İstanbul resident has pressed charges against her neighbors for disturbing the peace by banging on pots and pans as a sign of protest during the Gezi Park demonstrations

First criminal case opened against banging of pots, pans

World Bulletin / News Desk         

An İstanbul resident has pressed charges against her neighbors for disturbing the peace by banging on pots and pans as a sign of protest during the Gezi Park demonstrations that started in late May, according to the Habertürk daily's Tuesday edition. The case is the first of its kind and follows remarks by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan urging people on July 20 to take legal action against those who protested in this manner.

A housewife named Hilal K., a resident of the city's Beşiktaş district, filed a criminal complaint at an İstanbul police station, stating that her upstairs neighbors, a mother and her two adult children, banged on pots and pans on their balcony and shouted at 1 a.m. on June 2, waking up Hilal K.

Hilal K. said she then went to her own balcony to warn her neighbors, but they refused to stop and threw dirt in her face from upstairs. She later saw water streaming into her kitchen from her balcony that came from the neighbor washing the upstairs balcony, which led to another argument, according to Hilal K.'s testimony.

Officers summoned the neighbor, Filiz D., and her children, Onur A. and Tuğçe A., to the police station to give a statement. Mehmet Salih Çakmak, an İstanbul prosecutor, then prepared an indictment against them, seeking a sentence of three months to a year in prison for disturbing the peace.

The incident reminded many of the statement Prime Minister Erdoğan made on July 20. Speaking at an event, Erdoğan called on the people to take legal action against those who banged pots and pans as a sign of protest during the Gezi Park demonstrations.

He said: “Are there people banging pots and bans in your building? You immediately take them to court.”

The Gezi Park demonstrations began in late May to protest government plans to demolish Gezi Park in İstanbul's Taksim Square and expanded into nationwide anti-government protests against excessive use of force by the police. Some would bang pots and pans at specific times of day in protest of the government.  

Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Ağustos 2013, 11:36
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