Hours after Turkey’s Interior Ministry announced that the activities of 370 foundations have been halted based on emergency rule currently in force in the country, Turkish police have reportedly begun sealing off the buildings of shuttered foundations in İstanbul and Ankara.
A group of Turkish special operations forces raided a law office in Ankara early on Saturday, detained every lawyer in the room by force and then sealed the building.
Special operations members with heavy armor enter the Progressive Lawyers’ Association’s (ÇHD) building in Ankara, breaking into a room, and then begin to detain lawyers who try to protest and resist the soldiers’ ill treatment.
Police arrived in the main headquarters of Gündem Çocuk Derneği, an NGO working on children’s rights issues, emptied the building and then sealed it on Saturday. In a similar example, police sealed off the building of Özgür Kadın Komgresi, women’s solidarity association in Diyarbakır.
A statement released by the ministry on Friday said 190 of the closed-down foundations had links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)/Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK); 153 of them were linked to FETÖ, a phrase coined by the government to refer to the faith-based Gülen movement; 19 had links to far-left Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C); and eight had links to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
The foundations are located across 39 of Turkey’s provinces, said the ministry’s statement.