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Police raids houses of those protesting YSK’s ruling on unstamped ballots, 38 detained

Protesters took to the streets after the YSK (Supreme Board of Election) informed the public that it had ordered ballot box councils to consider the unsealed ballots as valid. In İstanbul police raided protesters’ house and detained 38 of them.

Reportedly detainees were not allowed to see their lawyers and four of them were decided to be taken in custody for four days.

ÖDP Provincial Head Mesut Geçgel was also detained on the charges of “provoking people not to accept the referendum results on the grounds of illegitimacy”.  Gökçel wrote on his twitter account:” I was taken into custody for protesting the legitimate “Yes” vote. This is our country. We won.”

ÖDP Executive Board Member Alper Taş wrote on his twitter account: “Those advocating electors’ “No” votes were taken into custody in İstanbul, this morning. Release the detainees. Nullify the referendum and save yourself and the country from this appalling situation. “

Bulent Korkmaz

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