Turkish police have beaten an elderly woman during May Day protests in the capital Ankara, causing her to suffer from injuries.
The woman, 75-year-old Perihan Pulat, was taken to a hospital after being subjected to police violence on Yüksel Street and was seen to have bruises all over her face.
A protest with the demand for those dismissed from their jobs with state of emergency decrees to be reinstated has been ongoing for nearly 540 days. While arbitrary detentions have become common on Yüksel Street, heavy police presence was observed throughout May Day.
Acun Karadağ, Nazan Bozkurt and Gülnaz Bozkurt were among those who suffered from police brutality.
Police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse protesters and it was seen that Gülnaz Bozkur’s hair was pulled out by police officers.
Speaking about the incident, Yüksel Street protester Veli Saçılık condemned leftist unions and parties for not reacting to Pulat being “subjected to torture.”
“This is the most recent condition that the 75-year-old Perihan Pulat, who was subjected to police torture on Yüksel Street yesterday, is in. I regretfully condemn leftist unions and parties that didn’t react until now on the face of this torture,” Saçılık wrote on his Twitter account on May 2 with a picture showing bruises on Pulat’s face.