by Rex Wockner
International News Briefs
Five transgender people were arrested and beaten by police in Ankara, Turkey, on May 17, the Pink Life Association and other rights groups reported.
Pink Life said the incident happened near the post office on Baglar Street around 11 p.m. when police used their cars to block passage of a car carrying the transgender people. Police allegedly pepper-sprayed 25 bystanders who objected to the unfolding incident, then took Buse Kilickaya, Derya (Selay) Tunc, Turkan, Eser and Yesim into custody, beating and kicking them in the process.
“The arrestees were then forcibly brought to the Esat police station sustaining visible injuries, including bloody mouths and noses,” reported the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights.
“(The Intergroup) strongly condemns the attacks, and will further seek to include mentions of these breaches of human rights by authorities in accession talks between the European Union and Turkey.”
The transgenders were released from custody the following day.