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Worker imprisoned for reading poem at International Women's Day celebration

(Antenna-TR/IFEX) - Mehmet Pekinoglu, a worker, recited a poem by Nazim Hikmet, "The Ballad of those who Drink the Sun", at the International Women's Day celebrations in Adana's Inönü park. Police officers recorded the celebrations and raided Pekinoglu's house on 30 April 2008 for "making propaganda" for the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C), a left-wing party.

Pekinoglu, who was arrested one week later, was put in the Adana Kürkçüler Prison. Pekinoglu's lawyer, Sevil Araci, said that her client's arrest was against the law and the jurisprudence of the European Human Rights Court (EHRC).

Araci also noted, "That poem was written in the 1940s. There was no such organisation as the DHKP/C at that time; its founders had probably not even been born yet."

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