Regional solidarity actions for Cypriot CO Murat Kanatlı
The Turkish-Cypriot conscientious objector Murat Kanatlı was sentenced to ten days in prison for his refusal to participate in the annual compulsory military exercises in the northern part of Cyprus Februar 25, 2014.
On February 28th, organizations of conscientious objectors from several countries demanded his release on an international action day. See photos below, and video above from an action in Istanbul.
- Petition: You can also sign a petition for Murat through change.org. Read it in English, Greek and Turkish: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/kktc-cumhuriyet-meclisi-murat-kanatl%C4%B1-yaln%C4%B1z-de%C4%9Fildir-vicdan%C4%B1m%C4%B1z-yan%C4%B1ndad%C4%B1r
- Urgent Action: Amnesty International have released an urgent action for Murat. Find it here in English, Deutsch, Français
- CO Alert: You can also use WRI's CO Alert system to voice your opposition to the Turkish authorities.
In Greece the police stopped the action and detained the activists for two hours, after their solidarity action at the Turkish Embassy in Athens, shortly after this photo was taken.