'Turkey journalists abused by police'
Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:50AM
“When I objected, she said, ‘What did I do? Did I torture you? Did I put handcuffs on you?’ as if nothing happened,” Otkan added.The two women said the search continued until 6 p.m. Demonstrations erupted in late May after police broke up a sit-in at Istanbul's Taksim Square in protest against a proposal to demolish Gezi Park. The violence turned into nationwide demonstrations against the ruling Justice and Development Party and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with police using water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets against demonstrators. Erdogan, whose government is the main target of protests, has described the demonstrators as foreign-backed extremists and terrorists. Earlier reports said that plainclothesmen have attacked anti-government protesters with knives, machetes and sticks in several Turkish cities. SAB/PR