Mother whose headscarf confiscated by police: They cannot tolerate the colors of the Kurds

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  • 11:39 18 October 2021
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SIRNAK - Peace Mother Hatice Baytur, who was detained for wearing a yellow, red and green headscarf at the rally in Diyarbakir, protested the fact that her headscarf was confiscated by the police for its colours and said: "They cannot tolerate the colors of the Kurds."
Peace Mother Hatice Baytur (50) and Hazal Sürer from Cizre district of Şırnak attended the rally organized by the Free Women's Movement (TJA) and Democratic Regions Party (DBP) with the slogan "Enough with racism and sexism, now is the time for women's freedom" in Diyarbakır". Baytur was detained on the grounds that she and her friends scarves with yellow, red and green colors.
The Peace Mothers, who were taken to the Diyarbakır Police Department TEM Branch by the police, were kept in jail for hours, and were released after the delivery notice was signed.
The police asked the two women, "Why are you carrying these flags? Let's give you Turkish flags, go sit in front of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), trying to persue them to join the mothers who protests HDP with the instruction of the Ministry of Interior and the police. 
Speaking about her detention, Baytur said that she went to the rally to raise her voice against the increasing attacks, murders, racist and sexist discourses against women. Stating that they entered the arena with their colors, Baytur said, “I only had a headscarf. The scarf had the colours yellow, red and green on it. There was no emblem on it. And I was detained for it. And the police became a wall of flesh to avoid people seeing me resisting to them.
Stating that she was later taken to the Diyarbakır Police Department TEM Branch, Baytur stated that she was asked what she was doing in Diyarbakır, why she came, and who had given her the head scarf. Baytur stated that she was constantly told, "We will throw you in prison for 10-15 years," and she was subjected to psychological torture. "They call it the 'PKK flag'. However, it was a just scarf that has three colors in it.
Addressing all mothers, Baytur said that it is necessary to say "enough " against oppression.

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