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Turkey doctors say police, govt harassed them

AP Exclusive: Doctors in Turkey describe police assaults, govt harassment over summer protests

FILE - In this June 3, 2013, file photo, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media in Istanbul, Turkey. The United States and European p...

Turkey Doctors Under Fire

FILE - In this June 3, 2013, file photo, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media in Istanbul, Turkey. The United States and European p...

ISTANBUL (AP) -- More than a dozen Turkish doctors interviewed by The Associated Press say that during summer protests authorities assaulted them with tear gas, pressured them to reveal the names of patients and ignored calls for resources.

Dr. Selcuk Atalay, the general secretary of the Turkish Medical Association's Ankara chapter, says "something happened during the protests in June that usually doesn't happen in war."

An indictment signed last month against a doctor and a medical student, seen by the AP, contradicts a government statement that it would take no action against medical personnel giving care to protesters. Critics say a bill passed last week could give authorities new powers to prosecute doctors for unauthorized care.

The Ministry of Health says claims of shortfalls in health services are "greatly unfair."


Updated : 2021-01-23 06:43 GMT+08:00