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Dan Clore
2005-06-01 21:13:27 EST
News & Views for Anarchists & Activists:
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UK Gay News
Gay Jailed and Beaten In Turkish Military Prison

LONDON, June 1 -- Imprisoned Turkish gay activist and
conscientious objector Mehmet Tarhan is being violently
abused in the military jail at Sivas in eastern Turkey,
reports David Allison of the gay rights group OutRage!.

"There is a serious danger that he will be murdered --
either by fellow prisoners or by the Turkish military
authorities" Allison said. "The prison guards are
encouraging other prisoners to attack Mehmet, by spreading
the lie that he is a terrorist."

"Mehmet is now on hunger strike in protest at his detention
and maltreatment" he added.

Following his refusal to cooperate with the military
authorities, he is charged with "insubordination in front of
the unit", which carries a maximum penalty of five years
imprisonment under Article 88 of TACK (Turkish Military
Penal Code).

"Mehmet's trial is scheduled for 9 June. The Turkish legal
and military systems are notoriously unfair and harsh. There
is no way he will get a fair trial," added Allison.

Outrage! is backing a campaign by War Resister International
(WRI) to press the Turkish Government to halt the violent
abuse of Mehmet and to release him from prison.

Both organizations are asking for help for Mehmet. And
there are three ways to help.

? Send an email to the President of Turkey, Ahmet Necdet Sezer
mailto:cumhurbaskanligi@tccb.gov.tr

? Send an email to the Turkish Ambassador in London, Mr
Akin Alptuna
mailto:turkish.emb@btclick.com

? Write to: His Excelency Akin Alptuna, Ambassador of
Turkey, Turkish Embassy, 43 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PA.

Additionally, an online petition, organized by WRI is available.
http://wri-irg.org/co/alerts/20050524a.html

Mehmet Tarhan was arrested on April 8, early in the morning.
He was then brought to a military unit in Tokat,
accompanied by military police. Because Mehmet Tarhan is
refusing to co-operate in any way, he was then transferred
to the military prison in Sivas.

A gay and anarchist activist, he declared his conscientious
objection on October 21, 2001, and continued anti-war
activities in public ever since, without going into hiding.

A first trial on April 28 was adjourned to 26 May, to call
several soldiers from his unit as witnesses.

Meanwhile, Mehmet Tarhan is imprisoned in the Military
Prison at Sivas, where he is facing death threats and abuse.
Suna Coskun, Mehmet Tarhan's lawyer, reported on the abuse
her client faces today.

On arrival at the Military Prison in Sivas, staff sergeant
Mustafa Selvi threatened Mehmet Tarhan with transfer to
'Common Cell No 2', where the 'wildest' prisoners are
imprisoned.

Later Mehmet Tarhan was ordered to enter 'Common Cell No 1'
on his own. The cell was dark, and the inmates (who he could
not see) ordered him to sit down on a chair next to the door.

They started to ask questions. They wanted to know whether
he was a terrorist or traitor, in which case they would kill
him. Then the inmates started to beat Mehmet Tarhan, and
insulted him because of his long hair.

Prisoner Ertan Mertoglu showed his weapon to Mehmet Tarhan
and threatened to kill him. This attack was ended by other
prisoners.

Mehmet was then transferred to the dormitory, where a few
moments later the same prisoners attacked him again. They
beat him everywhere and pulled on his hair.

The attack turned into an act of near-lynching. After 20
minutes, other prisoners again stopped the attack.

Following the attack in Common Cell No 2, the light bulbs in
the cell were tightened again, so that the normal light in
the cells was made to work again. This indicates that the
attack had been prepared.

Later, the prisoners who beat Mehmet Tarhan came to him and
told him that staff sergeant Mustafa Selvi had told them
that he was a terrorist, and "you know how you have to deal
with him". They said that this was the reason they beat him.

Mehmet Tarhan was then transferred to a single cell, but
every time Mehmet Tarhan left the cell, the prisoners Ertan
Mertoglu, Hakki Dincel, Ersoy Özbulduk, and Ercan Kizilboga
threatened him.

They said to him: "We could have killed you on the first day
if we wanted. But we still can do it."

He was fearing of his life, and therefore did not tell
anyone. But then the prisoners demanded first money, and
later clothes, and telephone cards.

On April 29, the prisoners Dincel, Özbulduk, and Mertoglu
demanded 500YTL (about €290 or £200) and added he would know
what to expec, if he did not pay.

Mehmet replied that he was unable to pay such an amount.
One week later he submitted to the threats and handed over
300YTL to Kizilboga and Mertoglu. Then, his extortioners
demanded clother.

On May 9 they demanded three black suits. To guarantee that
he would deliver, they forced him to call his sister and
listened during the phone conversation.

Two days later, she brought two black suits, shoes, ties,
and shirts to the prison, which were handed over to Mertoglu
by the prison authorities.

Mehmet's upper lip and the right side of his lower lip
cracked as a result of the various attacks on him. He is
suffering ecchymosis at the chin, the neck, and other parts
of his body.

As a result of being beaten on his chest he suffered from
breathing problems. In the following days, he continuously
lost hair. Because of being beaten on his knee, legs, and
feet he suffered from ecchymosis there, and for a long time
had difficulties standing up.

Mehmet informed the prison authorities about the abuse on
his first day. Nothing was done to stop the abuse, and the
authorities actively encouraged other prisoners to abuse him.

After her visit on May 19, Mehmet's lawyer alerted the
prison authorities, and demanded an examination of Mehmet
Tarhan and a new lock for Mehmet Tarhan's cell.

On May 20, the prison authorities recorded the abuse, and
promised to ensure his safety. However, War Resisters'
International and Mehmet Tarhan's friends and lawyers still
fear for his safety.

LINKS

War Resister International (WRI) website in English
http://wri-irg.org/from-off.htm

Outrage! website
http://www.outrage.org.uk/

1 June 2005

--
Dan Clore

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Stan De SD
2005-06-04 11:37:11 EST

"Dan Clore" <clore@columbia-center.org> wrote in message
news:429E5D37.5030109@columbia-center.org...
> News & Views for Anarchists & Activists:
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo
>
> UK Gay News
> Gay Jailed and Beaten In Turkish Military Prison
>
> LONDON, June 1 -- Imprisoned Turkish gay activist and
> conscientious objector Mehmet Tarhan is being violently
> abused in the military jail at Sivas in eastern Turkey,
> reports David Allison of the gay rights group OutRage!.

Come on Danny, you know how those gay guys fantasize about bondage and rough
play with those hairy Mediterranean men. He's probably enjoying every minute
of it...



Dan Clore
2005-06-05 01:45:06 EST
Stan de SD wrote:
> "Dan Clore" <clore@columbia-center.org> wrote in message
> news:429E5D37.5030109@columbia-center.org...
>
>>News & Views for Anarchists & Activists:
>>http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo
>>
>>UK Gay News
>>Gay Jailed and Beaten In Turkish Military Prison
>>
>>LONDON, June 1 -- Imprisoned Turkish gay activist and
>>conscientious objector Mehmet Tarhan is being violently
>>abused in the military jail at Sivas in eastern Turkey,
>>reports David Allison of the gay rights group OutRage!.
>
> Come on Danny, you know how those gay guys fantasize about bondage and rough
> play with those hairy Mediterranean men. He's probably enjoying every minute
> of it...

Most gay men aren't interested in that sort of thing, and in
any case can tell the difference between fantasy and
reality. Can't say the same for Statist Stain on either count.

--
Dan Clore

My collected fiction, _The Unspeakable and Others_:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1587154838/thedanclorenecro/
Lord Weÿrdgliffe & Necronomicon Page:
http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/9879/
News & Views for Anarchists & Activists:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo

Strange pleasures are known to him who flaunts the
immarcescible purple of poetry before the color-blind.
-- Clark Ashton Smith, "Epigrams and Apothegms"


Stan De SD
2005-06-06 14:23:49 EST

"Dan Clore" <clore@columbia-center.org> wrote in message
news:3gfhr7Fc75jfU2@individual.net...
> Stan de SD wrote:
> > "Dan Clore" <clore@columbia-center.org> wrote in message
> > news:429E5D37.5030109@columbia-center.org...
> >
> >>News & Views for Anarchists & Activists:
> >>http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo
> >>
> >>UK Gay News
> >>Gay Jailed and Beaten In Turkish Military Prison
> >>
> >>LONDON, June 1 -- Imprisoned Turkish gay activist and
> >>conscientious objector Mehmet Tarhan is being violently
> >>abused in the military jail at Sivas in eastern Turkey,
> >>reports David Allison of the gay rights group OutRage!.
> >
> > Come on Danny, you know how those gay guys fantasize about bondage and
rough
> > play with those hairy Mediterranean men. He's probably enjoying every
minute
> > of it...
>
> Most gay men aren't interested in that sort of thing, and in
> any case can tell the difference between fantasy and
> reality.

Well, I guess that would put them ahead of you...

> Can't say the same for Statist Stain on either count.

Yet you're a proponent of statist socialist economics while I support the
free-market model. You're still as clueless as usual, Danny Boy... :O|



Dan Clore
2005-06-08 08:04:46 EST
Stan de SD wrote:
> "Dan Clore" <clore@columbia-center.org> wrote in message
> news:3gfhr7Fc75jfU2@individual.net...
>>Stan de SD wrote:
>>>"Dan Clore" <clore@columbia-center.org> wrote in message
>>>news:429E5D37.5030109@columbia-center.org...
>>>
>>>>News & Views for Anarchists & Activists:
>>>>http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo
>>>>
>>>>UK Gay News
>>>>Gay Jailed and Beaten In Turkish Military Prison
>>>>
>>>>LONDON, June 1 -- Imprisoned Turkish gay activist and
>>>>conscientious objector Mehmet Tarhan is being violently
>>>>abused in the military jail at Sivas in eastern Turkey,
>>>>reports David Allison of the gay rights group OutRage!.
>>>
>>>Come on Danny, you know how those gay guys fantasize about bondage and
> rough
>>>play with those hairy Mediterranean men. He's probably enjoying every
> minute
>>>of it...
>>
>>Most gay men aren't interested in that sort of thing, and in
>>any case can tell the difference between fantasy and
>>reality. Can't say the same for Statist Stain on either count.

> Yet you're a proponent of statist socialist economics while I support the
> free-market model.

Statist Stain lies on both counts. (I advocate anarchism, he
advocates jingoism and unfettered rule by corporations.) Par
for the course for him. At least he stopped obsessing about
anal sex for a minute--he really seems to have something up
his butt about it, the way he likes to change the subject to it.

--
Dan Clore

My collected fiction, _The Unspeakable and Others_:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1587154838/thedanclorenecro/
Lord Weÿrdgliffe & Necronomicon Page:
http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/9879/
News & Views for Anarchists & Activists:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo

Strange pleasures are known to him who flaunts the
immarcescible purple of poetry before the color-blind.
-- Clark Ashton Smith, "Epigrams and Apothegms"


La Libertad Es La Esclavitud
2005-06-11 01:10:29 EST
>>>Gay Jailed and Beaten In Turkish Military Prison
>>>
>>>LONDON, June 1 -- Imprisoned Turkish gay activist and
>>>conscientious objector Mehmet Tarhan is being violently
>>>abused in the military jail at Sivas in eastern Turkey,
>>>reports David Allison of the gay rights group OutRage!.

And of course it was all because he was gay. It has been
said that sodomy is so popular in Turkey that Turkish
children can only recognize their friends from behind.
And jokes referring to Turkish prisons and sodomy are a
dime a dozen, plus the suggestive scene between the hero
and his cellmate in "Midnight Express." So naturally as
soon as a gay man is thrown into a Turkish prison he is
immediately killed for being gay, as gay sex is
unthinkable in Turkish society...


Stan De SD
2005-06-12 20:30:18 EST

"Dan Clore" <clore@columbia-center.org> wrote in message
news:3go570Fd33hoU3@individual.net...
> Stan de SD wrote:
> > "Dan Clore" <clore@columbia-center.org> wrote in message
> > news:3gfhr7Fc75jfU2@individual.net...
> >>Stan de SD wrote:
> >>>"Dan Clore" <clore@columbia-center.org> wrote in message
> >>>news:429E5D37.5030109@columbia-center.org...
> >>>
> >>>>News & Views for Anarchists & Activists:
> >>>>http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo
> >>>>
> >>>>UK Gay News
> >>>>Gay Jailed and Beaten In Turkish Military Prison
> >>>>
> >>>>LONDON, June 1 -- Imprisoned Turkish gay activist and
> >>>>conscientious objector Mehmet Tarhan is being violently
> >>>>abused in the military jail at Sivas in eastern Turkey,
> >>>>reports David Allison of the gay rights group OutRage!.
> >>>
> >>>Come on Danny, you know how those gay guys fantasize about bondage and
> > rough
> >>>play with those hairy Mediterranean men. He's probably enjoying every
> > minute
> >>>of it...
> >>
> >>Most gay men aren't interested in that sort of thing, and in
> >>any case can tell the difference between fantasy and
> >>reality. Can't say the same for Statist Stain on either count.
>
> > Yet you're a proponent of statist socialist economics while I support
the
> > free-market model.
>
> Statist Stain lies on both counts. (I advocate anarchism, he
> advocates jingoism and unfettered rule by corporations.)

No lie at all - the "anarchism" you advocate is merely a combination of mob
rule and socialism. What you label as "unfettered rule" by corporations is
merely free-market economics. See, filthy little socialists such as yourself
can't stand the concept of "property rights" because that would mean
allowing people to make voluntary decisions regarding prices, labor, etc.
without your divine intervention...

> Par
> for the course for him. At least he stopped obsessing about
> anal sex for a minute--he really seems to have something up
> his butt about it, the way he likes to change the subject to it.

You brought uo the subject of gays and Turkish prisons, Danny Boy.


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