Since 1995, Saturday Mothers demand justice for their “lost” every week at Galatasaray Square, Istanbul. Each Saturday, the relatives of the disappeared, their friends and comrades and human rights activists have been assembling at Galatasaray at 12:00 holding carnations and pictures of the disappeared. Last Saturday protesters came together for the 500th week of sit-in with the request “find the lost, judge the perpetrators”. During the protest thousands of people gave them support, and shouted that their struggles won’t end until justice is done.
The Saturday Mothers are a group of the mothers of people who disappeared or died while in state custody in Turkey during the 1990s. The mothers held their first sit-in on May 27, 1995, and continued to hold demonstrations to call on the responsibility of the government to present the remains of their family members. The demonstrations seek to prevent further disappearances, an explanation of the whereabouts of missing people and the trial of those responsible for the disappearances.
Text and Photos by Erhan Demirtas
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