Saturday Mothers keep silent this week: Silence is the heaviest answer

ISTANBUL- Saturday Mothers saying, “Silence is the heaviest answer when the words are not enough” performed their 646th protest in silence.

Saturday Mothers gathered at Istanbul’s Galatasaray Square for 646 times to ask the fate of their loved ones. The banner reading, “The perpetrators are known where the killers are” was unfurled during the protest. The Saturday Mothers saying, “Silence is the heaviest answer when the words are not enough” performed this week protest in silence. The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Istanbul MP Filiz Kerestecioğlu, relatives of the disappeared and many citizens attended to this week protest. Mother of journalist Nazım Babaoğlu who was disappeared in custody in 1994, Makbule Babaoğlu, who lost her life two days ago, was commemorated during the protest.

‘Seeking truth and justice is not a crime’

Maside Ocak, sister of Hasan Ocak, who was disappeared in custody, read this week’s statement. Stating that they were at Galatasaray Square to seek truth and justice for the people disappeared in custody, Maside said, “Seeking truth and justice is not a crime. Being solidarity with those who have been subjected to right violations and injustice on democratic means is not a crime. The crime is not giving an answer to our demands for truth and justice. The crime is to limit our rights and freedom, to close our way for seeking rights.”

‘We will continue to demand justice’

Noting that there is no development in the case of the killing Diyarbakır Bar Association Chair Tahir Elçi, Maside added, “We will continue to demand justice for Tahir Elçi. Relatives of disappeared cannot perform their sit down protest in Cizre and Yüksekova this week. This week, we are the voice of Saturday Mothers in Cizre and Yüksekova.”

‘We need to mold public opinion’

Maside said they needed to mold public opinion to find their loves ones disappeared in custody and to secure the justice. Maside also said, “In order to mold public opinion, we need the freedom of thought, the freedom of expression, the freedom of demonstration and freedom of the press. We perform this week protest in silence by saying, “Silence is the heaviest answer when the words are not enough” in order to point out these freedoms are under attack.”