Two girls were killed Saturday, while their mother was seriously injured in a car crash while driving back home from a Kırıkkale prison where their father is being held as a post-coup prisoner.
According to a tweet by Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, a deputy of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Naime Civelek (8) ve Betul Civelek (3) were coming back with their mother, Hatice Civelek (32), from a visit to their father, Enes Civelek who is being held in Keskin prison over alleged links to Turkey’s Gülen movement.
According to several social media users, the arrestee’s mother, Havva Civelek (58), and farther-in-law Emin Balıkçı (55), both of whom were also in the same car, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. This claim has neither been confirmed nor denied by the Turkish authorities.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.
The movement denies involvement.
Bir aile daha kırıma uğradı..!
Baba tutuklu, anne c.evi ziyareti sonrası kazada yoğun bakımda ağır yaralı, çocuklar öldü
Boş dosyalarla tutukla, uzak c.evlerine koy, nakil isteğini kabul etme, c.evi yollarında bir aile faciası daha olsun
Türkiye'de soykırım daha nasıl olsun..? pic.twitter.com/cTRc1oaEhi
— Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu (@gergerliogluof) December 8, 2018
Below is a video footage from the funural of the two sisters who were laid to rest late on Saturday:
This recent video interview published by online media outlet Kronos months after the accident showed that both the arrestee and her wife, Hatice Civelek were teachers until the government removed them from the job over their links to the Gulen movement.
Enes Civelek was sentenced to 25 years and 6 months in prison on charges of membership and leading a terrorist organization.
The government deems Gulen group a terrorist organizations while the group denies terror activities.