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Turkey: Musician detained over an individual protest

27 May 2021
Image: Musician İbrahim Ethem Tüzer during the protest / İbrahim Tüzer on Twitter

 

18 May 2021: Kurdish musician İbrahim Ethem Tüzer was released from detention after being arrested a day earlier for an individual protest in front of the Batman Governorship, reported Halk TV.

Tüzer was protesting with a banner saying “102 musicians committed suicide in the pandemic” outside of the Batman Governorship, to raise awareness about the suicide of musicians who have not been able to work for more than a year due to pandemic measures and did not receive the support from the government.

“The reason for suicide of all our craftsmen and tradesmen who lost their lives is arbitrary prohibitions and poorly managed pandemic,” the artist said in his Twitter post.

Tüzer said he was released on 18 May after giving the statement at the police station.

According to Freemuse’s State of Artistic Freedom 2021 report, 17 artists are known to be detained in Turkey in 2020.

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