Emine Şenyaşar’s Justice Vigil enters its 807th day

Members of the Education and Science Workers' Union (Egitim-Sen) Urfa Branch visited Emine Şenyaşar, whose justice vigil in Urfa province marks day 807.

On 14 June 2018, the bodyguards and relatives of AKP Urfa MP Ibrahim Halil Yıldız attacked the Şenyaşar family's shop in Suruç during the election campaign. In the attack, brothers Celal, Adil, Mehmet, Fadıl and Ferit Şenyaşar were severely injured and hospitalized. Relatives and supporters of AKP MP Yıldız killed Celal and Adil Şenyaşar in hospital, and their father Hacı Esvet Şenyaşar, when he went to the hospital to see his sons. He was brutally murdered, being lynched in front of his wife, Emine Şenyaşar.

Emine Şenyaşar and her son Ferit have been holding a Justice Vigil in front of the Courthouse of Urfa since 9 March 2021, demanding those responsible to be brought to account.

Ferit Şenyaşar, who was elected a deputy from the Greens and Left Future Party (Green Left Party) in the May 14 election, did not attend the vigil today as he is in Ankara for parliamentary activities.

The Education and Science Workers' Union (Egitim-Sen) Urfa Branch paid a support visit to Emine Şenyaşar today.

In a speech during the visit, Egitim-Sen Branch Co-Chair Mahmut Binici said: “Mother Emine does not demand justice only for herself but for everyone. She is fighting for the independence of the judiciary. Our union has paid support visits to her many times and will continue to do so. The new Minister of Justice must strive to bring the perpetrators to justice, the lack of which is the main reason behind all problems. If justice is secured, all problems will be resolved.”

Emine Şenyaşar noted that she had been continuing her struggle for justice for about 5 years without interruption. She said: “I am coming here despite all the difficulties, including weather conditions. It's getting hot, yet I'm still here. We have been subjected to serious persecution. We are demanding justice. Enough is enough, release my child (Fadıl Şenyaşar) from prison. There is no such a state anywhere in the world. My son Ferit is in Ankara, and I continue to struggle here. I will appear before a judge tomorrow. (The mother is accused of 'insulting' AKP's İbrahim Halil Yıldız). Stop prosecuting us.”