As public reaction to rigged referendum in Turkey keeps growing, participants of protests are being taken into custody in various big cities.
According to reports of Dursun Caymaz from BirGün, houses of around 15 people were raided in İzmir at around 6:30 this morning (April 21).
Among those who have been taken into custody is an executive member of United June (Haziran) Movement and Freedom and Solidarity Party (ÖDP), Arman Hekimoğlu.
Speaking to BirGün about the operation of the police, lawyer of Hekimoğlu, Atakan Güngör, said his client was taken into custody over participation in protests against the manipulation revealed in referendum on constitutional amendments.
Mother of Hekimoğlu also told Güngör that the police said during the search in the house: “This is an intimidation operation; nothing would come out of it.”
Hard disk of Hekimoğlu’s computer and an issue of Redaksiyon (Reduction) journal were also seized during the search, reports included.
Objections rose further as the Supreme Board of Elections officially rejected the requests of political parties in opposition for the results to be annulled.
Elections board’s last minute decision to render ballots and envelopes not stamped by the official stamp of the Board as valid violates the current law in Turkey.
It is suspeted that around 2.5 million polling material were not marked with the official stamp.