Sixteen citizens, including a woman, were arrested during a gathering at the Erada Square recently. In a press statement, the Media Security Department in the Ministry of Interior disclosed the protestors had earlier been warned against violating the Public Gathering Law.
However, the protesters ended up marching on the main street; away from the designated area where they were allowed to air their grievances.The department said the Special Task Force members were compelled to intervene in dispersing the crowd as the protesters did not abide by the instructions of the law enforcers. Some of the arrested protesters were referred to the Public Prosecution, while others are still in the custody of detectives.
Meanwhile, human rights organizations, political associations and students unions expressed concern over the turn of events in the political arena in the country. They also emphasized the importance of abiding by the law and avoiding raising doubts on the judiciary’s integrity.
Commenting on the issue, the National Democratic Coalition Movement affirmed its respect for the rulings of the Constitutional Court regarding the gathering and assembly laws. It was quick to add though that the officers who dealt with the protesters violated public rights.