TBB files complaints against Manisa governor for discriminating against non-headscarved women

Manisa Police Chief Tayfur Erdal Ceren, who was suspended after several headscarved women were handcuffed during an operation carried out in the western city earlier this week, has also conducted various other controversial operations there before.
Police officers on Monday handcuffed 26 people, including lawyers, educators and headscarved women, and paraded them through the street until they were escorted to police cars in an operation carried out against the faith-based Gandulen movement, popularly known as the Hizmet movement and inspired by the teachings of Islamic scholar Fethullah Gandulen. The operation was carried out over charges of providing financial support to alleged members of the and”parallel structure,and” a term invented by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to refer to the Gandulen movement.
Images of the suspects in handcuffs, in particular those of headscarf-wearing women, sparked public outcry. Following the reactions, Ceren was suspended by Manisa Governor Erdogan Bektai upon an order from Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoilu.
Ceren was appointed Manisa police chief in June of last year. Since then, Ceren has made controversial statements and conducted controversial police operations in Manisa. He ordered police raids on three and”reading roomsand” that provide a beneficial environment for children from disaantaged socioeconomic backgrounds as well as 11 civil society organizations, which were raided on April 30 based on the much criticized and”reasonable suspicionand” clause that was signed into law by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Dec. 12.
Speaking to the press about the raids on the Manisa CSOs, Ceren declared their owners, educators and businessmen criminals despite these people having no criminal record. Ceren even likened these people to members of the terrorist Kurdistan Workersand’ Party (PKK), which has killed over 30,000 people so far.
Even former Deputy Prime Minister and former Justice and Development Party (AK Party) spokesman Bandulent Arinandc criticized the police raids ordered by Ceren at the time.
During a news program on May 6, Arinandc acknowledged that the raids were government-led and criticized them, saying that something suspicious was going on in Manisa and that these operations would lead to a loss of votes for the AK Party, adding: and”Iand’m going to ask Manisa to vote [for us], as I already have. Wonand’t they say to me: andlsquoWe know you and we like you, but [police under pressure from the AK Party] are raiding other people we likeandhellip The police chief is doing this and that like the head of a gang!and’ How can I reply when they say this to me?and”
Arinandc, continuing in his criticism of the raids on the CSOs, said: and”[Police] are conducting raids in the middle of the day. What are they looking for? The CSO are innocent. It is a very grave matter to these people that their associations are being raided like terrorist organizations.and”
Other controversial operations:
April 8: Teams from the Manisa Police Departmentand’s counterterrorism unit conduct simultaneous raids on five CSOs in Manisa: the Manisa Workers Union (MAandcAD), the Manisa Education Volunteers Union (MEGDER), the Manisa Active Educators Association (AKED), the Manisa Millennium Public Servants Association and the Industrialists and Businessmen of Manisa (MASiAD) — all raided by dozens of police officers based on and”reasonable suspicion.and”
May 5: Police raid six associations in Manisa, among them the Manisa branch of Kimse Yok Mu, a charity.
May 13: Seven businesses, including a media distribution office, are raided by the police in Manisa. The raids targeted Cihan Medya Daiitim A.i., which distributes the Zaman and Todayand’s Zaman dailies.
Aug. 26: Police officers and inspectors from several government bodies raid Gandulen-inspired private and prep schools in Manisa, including a kindergarten.
Aug. 30: Police raid the iehzade Mehmet Primary and Secondary Schools in Manisa.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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