Xanthi Turkish Union sends letter to Council of Europe
The developments regarding the prosecution investigation initiated seven months after the democratic protest march held on July 10, 2021, after the decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was not implemented and the legal status of the ITB was not returned with the announced decision of the Supreme Court, was conveyed to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe by the Xanthi Turkish Union.
In the letter sent by Xanthi Turkish Union President Ozan Ahmetoğlu, the details of the investigation were reported to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, which followed the legal struggle of the ITB and the execution of the ECtHR decision.
In the letter, it was stated that 12 minority members who participated in the march were summoned to testify on the allegation that they did not wear masks during the march, regarding the speech of ITB Chairman Ahmetoğlu within the scope of the investigation launched based on the news published in two local newspapers about the march held on July 10, 2021.
In the letter sent to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, it was emphasized that the necessary permission was obtained for the protest march, and that the measures to combat the Kovid-19 epidemic were implemented.
Despite this, it was stated that an investigation was launched, as if intimidating, ignoring the freedom of assembly that is protected and guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights. It was also emphasized that the investigation was contrary to the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights that the Xanthi Turkish Union administration did not operate contrary to the existing public order and democratic principles.