Armored police vehicle tries to run over children in Turkey's southeast
An armored police vehicle was seen trying to run over children in Turkey's Batman. The footage of the incident shared by the HDP showed children running to save themselves.
An armored police vehicle was seen trying to run over children in the Kurdish-majority southeastern province of Batman.
The footage of the incident was shared by the Batman branch of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), which called on the justice and interior ministries, Batman police and Batman Governor's Office to act on the issue.
"It's clearly seen that the armored vehicle belonging to the police is chasing and trying to run over a child in Batman's Bağlar neighborhood," the HDP said on Feb. 28.
Bugün Batman Bağlar Mahallesinde Emniyete ait zırhlı aracın çocuğu kovalaması ve ezmeğe çalışması görüntülerde net bir şekilde görülmektedir. Yetkilileri göreve çağırıyoruz. @adalet_bakanlik@icisleri@BatmanEmniyet @batmanvaliligi pic.twitter.com/Shn0EIUnvA— HDP Batman (@HDPElih) February 28, 2021
No official statement was made on the issue.
It's common for the armored vehicles belonging to security forces to get involved in incidents in Turkey's Kurdish-majority provinces, mostly due to their impunity.
In November 2020, two police officers got away with killing two boys in the Silopi district of the southeastern province of Şırnak after an appeals court ruled that fining them would be a sufficient sentence.
Two children, 6-year-old Furkan Yıldırım and 7-year-old Muhammed Yıldırım, were killed after an armored vehicle driven by a police officer without a proper driving license crashed into their house on May 3, 2017.