Demonstrators battered and arrested by the police in Hasankeyf

Police forces attacked the HDP Youth Council’s demonstration in Hasankeyf, battering and detaining many.

Turkish military and police forces obstructed the “Vigil for Hasankeyf and Tigris Valley” demonstration which was organised by Batman Hasankeyf Coordination and Amed Hasankeyf Coordination and supported by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Youth Council. The demonstration was also joined by HDP Batman MP Ayşe Acar Başaran.

Following a tour in the ancient site and along the Tigris Valley, which lasted three hours, the group arrived in the historic Hasankeyf market, chanting “Hasankeyf is history, don’t touch my history” and “Reclaim your history”.

As the group continued chanting slogans, police battered and detained at least 10 of the demonstrators in spite of the reaction of the shopkeepers and residents in the ancient town.

The siege in the city continues.