To breathe pepper spray during 224 days of 365 days

“Ban the Pepper Spray” Initiative which was created by 30 civil society organizations such as HRA, Mechanical Engineers Chambers, Turkey Medical Association has announced “Pepper Spray report of 2014”.

According to the report, due to the use of pepper spray in last year, 8 people have died; at least 453 people were injured. And, pepper spray was used in 224 days of 365 days. Turkish Medical Association High Honor Board Member Ali Cerkezoglu has said with claiming “For 2015, about 2 million pepper spray capsules is planned to be purchased.” And he added:
“We are engaging in work a shame for a country such as keeping the annual statistics of pepper spray, reporting which deadly chemical weapons are used over how many people. With this reporting, we revealed once again pepper spray is a weapon as deadly and how blatantly used to the blind eyes and deaf ears. As you can see in the report, we do not have a city and people exempt from pepper spray.”

Because of the use of gas last year, 8 people have died, at least 453 people were injured.

Using pepper spray by months.
January: Police forces used gas for 12 days. 3 People were injured. One of the place which gas was used was children’s ward in Sincan children prison.
February: 14 cities in 18 days gas was used. 6 month old baby was exposed to dense gas on a street in Taksim. A person in Batman, has lost one eye result of the hit gas flares.
March: 24 cities in 19 days, gas was used. The 13 days was used in Istanbul. 16 years old boy lost two fingers. According to data, only in Istanbul 1 million 272 thousand people had been exposed to pepper spray. 70 years old person lost his life.
April: Gas was used in 9 cities during 20 days .
May: Gas was used in 17 cities in during 20 days.
June: Gas was used in 18 cities in during 20 days.
July-August: Gas was used in 10 cities during 32 days. 78 injured, 3 people lost his eye.
September: Gas was used in 11 cities in 27 days. 183 people were injured. Wounded 9 years old girl was taken to the hospital.
October: Gas was used in 24 cities in 24 days. 12 years old boy was injured of his head by gas flares. Total number of wounded due to pepper spray is 18.
November: Gas was used in 12 cities in 17 days.
December: Gas was used in 5 public demonstrations and walks, in 13 cities in 15 days.

During the occupy Gezi park in Taksim, protesters had written hundreds humorous writing on the walls as answer against the police violence and using chemical gases. Here is the one of them.

transtation in English:

“Mister, you didn’t need to use pepper spray for our cry; already, we are emotional kids enough.”

The quotes of news from:

http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/turkiye/209013/365_gunun_224_gunu_biber_gazi_soluduk.html

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