Saturday Mothers of Turkey


“The silent vigils started with the disappearance of Hasan Ocak, who was detained by police in Istanbul on March 21, 1995.  55 days later, his tortured body was uncovered in a graveyard for unidentified people.  Ocak’s family and friends led the first sit-down protest. . . .”

Bijoyeta Das is an independent multimedia journalist and photographer.  This video was released by Women’s eNews on 7 April 2010.  See, also, “Turkish Probe Reignites the ‘Saturday Mothers'” (Women’s eNews, 22 April 2010); and “Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Istanbul for Solidarity with Saturday Mothers” (Dicle News Agency, 27 November 2010).  You can vote for this film at the Web site of Women’s Voices Now, “a not-for-profit social enterprise,” which is holding “Women’s Voices from the Muslim World: A Short-Film Festival.”

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