Turkey protest victims were 'tortured': report

Yasin Boru, 16, Hakan Gokgoz, 26, and Huseyin Dakak, 19, were said to have been chased down and then brutally killed on second day of Eid in Diyarbakir

Turkey protest victims were 'tortured': report

World Bulletin/News Desk

A postmortem report confirmed Wednesday that at least three victims killed in the recent street clashes in southern Turkey had been "severely tortured."

Families of the three young victims Yasin Boru, 16, Hakan Gokgoz, 26, and Huseyin Dakak, 19, had said earlier that their loved ones were chased down and then brutally killed on the second day of Eid al-Adha in southeastern province of Diyarbakir.

The perpetrators of the attack were alleged to be supporters of the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party, or the PKK.

While the families said the victims’ only sin was that they distributed food aid to Syrian refugees, police said the three were shot dead on the pretext of being alleged sympathizers of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or the ISIL.

The postmortem report said the bodies of Dakak and Gokgoz bore at least 20 torture marks from sharp objects; they both also had several gunshot injuries and cerebral hemorrhage.

The report added that Boru's skull had been “severely broken.”  There were also burns on his chest and palms. He too had cerebral hemorrhage.

The parents of Boru told Anadolu Agency earlier they could hardly recognize their son's mutilated body and eventually identified him from a mole on his foot and the shirt he wore that day.

One more protester dies

Meanwhile, a Turkish citizen injured during protests in Istanbul’s Sultanbeyli district died on Wednesday night, hospital sources say.

Shopkeeper, Serdar Aslan, 32, was heading home when he was hit on the head by a stone last week.

He was first taken to Sultanbeyli State Hospital and later sent to Pendik Training and Research Hospital, where he died.

With his death, father of two, Aslan, becomes the thirty fifth person to have died since nationwide pro-Kurdish protests erupted in Turkey over a week ago. 

The protests in Turkey occurred when the Syrian town of Kobani came under ISIL attack and it was alleged that the Turkish government was doing nothing to help the mostly Kurdish population there.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Ekim 2014, 12:30