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Two "peace mothers" detained for several hours by police after trying to talk to press

(BIANET/IFEX) - Two "peace mothers" were taken into custody by police on 14 February 2008 after trying to make a press statement in Taksim. They were released six hours later, after activists called for their release.

The Peace Mothers are a group of women opposed to the ongoing conflict between the Turkish Armed Forces and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Two of them, Türkiye Bozkurt and Behiye Duman, tried to make a press statement in Taksim, central Istanbul, but were arrested.

In its call for their release, the Istanbul branch of the Human Rights Association (IHD) described it as "worrying" that constitutionally protected meetings, demonstrations and statements were being prevented. It added that the police were violating freedoms and rights by obstructing a peaceful, non-violent action.

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