İstanbul police on Monday evening stifled a free iftar meal organised by the Anti-Capitalist Muslims (ACMs), an Islamic movement that is in critical of the Turkish government and President Tayyip Erdogan.
İhsan Eliaçık, the founder of the movement, tweeted early on Tuesday morning that eight ACMs members were detained by police and held in detention for hours until they were released at around 00:55 am on Tuesday morning.
Bugün iftar saatinde YeryüzüSofrası için gittiğimiz GS Lisesi önünde müdahaleyle karşılaştık. Sofraları yırttılar. Sürükleyerek gözaltılar oldu. 4'ü kadın 4'ü erkek 8 kişi gözaltına alındık. Gece yarısı 00.55'de serbest bırakıldık. İyiyiz.
— R. İhsan Eliaçık (@ihsaneliacik) May 6, 2019
The ACMs annually organizes iftar meals for the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, offering food in Istiklal Avenue in central Istanbul. This year, police banned the event. Photos of the police intervention show Eliaçık and other activists being dragged along the ground.