The Turkish police arrested 33 women on Thursday in the capital Ankara as part of a demonstration in support of the Istanbul Convention for Preventing and Combating Violence against Women.
Various women’s rights groups have called for the Istanbul Convention, a Council of Europe convention to combat violence against women and domestic violence, to be ratified by the signatory countries.
Around 70 women gathered in the Çankara district after the Ankara Women’s Platform called to protest Turkey’s withdrawal from the convention, claiming that the convention, signed by 46 countries, saves lives.
However, the security forces have indicated that the demonstration is illegal and have asked the group to continue the protests in a nearby park without blocking any of the city’s streets.
According to the newspaper “Hurriyet”, the agents intervened after the demonstrators tried to get into central Ankara. “About 33 were arrested for defying police guidelines,” the security forces said in a statement.