Saturday mothers: We will say ‘No’ for justice that hasn’t been for 22 years

ISTANBUL- Saturday Mothers called for ‘No’ in the referendum takes place in their protest on the 629th week and said, “We will say ‘No’ for justice that hasn’t been practiced for 22 years, for the killed women and youths, for the mothers of martyrs in Roboski and Suruç Massacre and Gezi.”

The Saturday Mothers, who have gathered every Saturday in front of central Istanbul’s Galatasaray high school to draw attention to their lost family members. Saturday Mothers gathered in Galatasaray Square for 629th times today to ask the fate of their loved ones and to demand justice. Saturday Mothers carried the photograph of their loved ones and unfurled a banner reads, “The perpetrators is certain, where are disappearances?” put red cloves on the banner. the Republican People’s Party (CHP) MP Sezgin Tanrıkulu and many Saturday People (the citizens joining the protest in solidarity with Saturday Mothers) attended this week protest. In this week protest, the fate of Kadir Kerimoğlu, who was disappeared on April 14, 1995 after being detained, has been asked.

Hanım Tosun, wife of Fehmi Tosun, who was disappeared under detention, first spoke in the protest. Hanım said their voice in Galatasaray Square hadn’t been heard for 22 years and she added, “You forget us, for this reason we say ‘No’ as relatives of the missing people.”

Sister of Hayrettin Eren, who was disappeared under detention, İkbal Eren said she passed a great part of her life under civilian coup and OHAL (State of Emergency), “Our loved ones were disappeared in such period. They have imposed on us the constitutional amendment and the change of regime. We don’t accept those. For this reason, we will go to polls and we will say ‘No’.”

‘We have many reasons for saying ‘No’’

Hanife Yıldız, mother of Murat Yıldız, who was disappeared under detention, stated that they had many reasons for saying ‘No’ in the referendum, “We have demanded justice to everyone since the beginning. We always say this justice is necessary for everyone. We will say ‘No’ and our no votes will be good to those who will vote ‘Yes’ but they don’t understand that yet. We will say ‘No’ for justice that hasn’t been practiced for 22 years, for the killed women and youths, for the mothers of martyrs in Roboski and Suruç Massacre and Gezi.

Mikail Kırbayır, brother of Cemil Kırbayır, who was disappeared under detention, said, “You build bridges, of course you will! You don’t stay there for nothing. What have you done for human rights and interests? We say ‘No’ to the thing you impose on us.”

‘There is no law in new constitutional proposal’

Rezzan Karaman, one of Saturday People, read this week’s statement and she said, “We are at Galatasaray Square to call for truth, justice, peace and democracy. The constitutional proposal that will be voted tomorrow doesn’t include the ongoing main problems, social peace and the rule of law principle. On the contrary, it includes regulations which will destroy the opportunities of Turkey’s democracy and laws. This constitution gives all powers to one-person. And we say ‘no’ to this constitution aiming to build barriers to democracy, laws, justice and peace. No for our missing loved ones, for justice and truth.”