Turkey: 35 'potential' protestors arrested in Izmir

In line with regulations introduced after Gezi Park uprising

30 October, 18:10

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, OCTOBER 30 - In application of regulations brought in after massive anti-government protests in June, Turkish police arrested 35 youths Wednesday on suspicion of intending to protest during an economics congress attended by both President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reports Hurriyet Online. The regulations introduced by the Erdogan government in July allow police to arrest and detain those considered potential protestors for 24 hours without requiring approval from a judge.

    The 35 are members of the Young Turks Union (TGB), a 'Kemalist' organisation with links to the CHP, the main opposition party. They were arrested a few hundred metres from the hotel in which the Fifth Izmir Economics Congress is being held, shortly before the arrival of President Gul.

    The new regulations have sparked protest from opposition parties, which call them typical of a ''police state''.


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