Emine Ocak, a member of Saturday Mothers Turkish group is detained by Turkish female riot police during a demonstration on August 25, 2018 in Istanbul. / AFP / Hayri TUNC
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Turkey banned a weekly rally staged since the mid-1990s by mothers protesting against the disappearance of their sons and relatives on the grounds that it had been exploited by a terror group, the interior minister said Monday.In an unexpected move, Turkish police used water cannon, tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse the 700th protest by the Saturday Mothers in central Istanbul this weekend, causing consternation among rights activists.The protest, held every Saturday since May 27, 1995, remembers the disappearance of relatives in the 1980s and 1990s – allegedly at the hands of the state – in one of modern Turkey's most turbulent periods.
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