Documentarist and video-activist for Kamera Sokak, Kazım Kızıl has been arrested and sent to Menemen Prison. On April 17th, Kazım was detained while covering the protests in Izmir, Bornova after the referendum results had been perceived as illegitimate by many citizens. At the Küçükpark Square in Bornova, university students had called for a rally titled “No, We have Won”. The police intervened the rally and detained protesters, not allowing the press to take visuals from the site.
After Kazım was detained, his lawyer Dinçer Çalım stated that he was sent to court for arrest for non-compliance with Article 2911 -law regulating the meetings and rallies- and article 299 of Turkish Penal Code, ‘insult to President’. However during the questioning at the prosecutor’s office, issues related to “inciting violence” has been asked and new accusations have been made against Kazım.
Lawyer Çalım said, “There were 19 suspects in this file. The prosecutor did not take statements from those who have already given before. Kazım had given his statement in the police headquarters and prosecutor ‘accidentally’ also sent him to court for ‘insult to President’. They already do not look at the files, send everyone to court for arrest. There is no tweet or statement where Kazım has insulted the president.”
After 19 people have been detained, nine have been released and 10 have been arrested. Kazım Kızıl, Baran Bozdaş, Hasan Benli and Doğan Barış Halidi have been transferred to Menemen T Type Prison while female students Emine Ababa, Ezgi Toker and Enise Irin have been transferred to Şakran Women’s Prison.
There have started petitions and campaigns for Kazım’s freedom with the hashtag #FreeKazim.