Memorial for Şenyaşar family members 4 years after their murder

Hacı Esvet and his son, Adil and Celal Şenyaşar, who were murdered in 2018 in Urfa, were commemorated in front of their shop for the first time in 4 years. Suruç shopkeepers kept the shutters closed.

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 injured. Relatives and supporters of AKP MP Yıldız, badly injured Celal and Adil Şenyaşar, and their father Hacı Esvet Şenyaşar, when he went to the hospital to visit their sons. He was brutally murdered, being lynched in front of his wife Emine Şenyaşar.

On the 4th anniversary of the massacre, a memorial was held for the first time for Hacı Esvet and his sons Adil and Celal Şenyaşar.

The commemoration event was held in front of the workplace where members of the Şenyaşar family were shot in Suruç.

Emine Şenyaşar and her son Ferit (who was injured in the attack), left three carnations at the workplace for the murdered family members before going in front of the Urfa Courthouse, where they have been carrying a Justice Vigil for 463 days.

The shopkeepers in Suruç bazaar kept their shops closed in protest at the lack of justice.

Speaking in front of the workplace, Ferit Şenyaşar said: "Three members of our family were killed on 14 June 2018 while in their workplace. We have been working here for 30 years. We were attacked at work and then we were murdered at Suruç State Hospital."

Şenyaşar added: “4 years have passed since the brutal killings, and this case has not been clarified yet. We were the victims in this case. Our pain is as fresh as the first day. All Suruç people know what happened very well. Although 4 years have passed, the people of Suruç show that they have not forgotten the killings. Today there will be a commemoration at the graveyard. Shopkeepers show their solidarity by not opening their shutters in the bazaar. They say that what was done to us was done to the whole people.”

Şenyaşar family members will be commemorated for the first time in 4 years at their graves in the Suruç District Municipality Cemetery.

After the commemoration, the Justice Vigil, launched by Emine and Ferit Şenyaşar in front of the Urfa Courthouse, on 9 March 2021 will be held. Political party and democratic association representatives and human rights defenders are expected to visit the Vigil.