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Turkish police use water cannon on protesters decrying religion in schools

A high school student wearing a Guy Fawkes mask takes part in a protest against the education policies of the ruling AK Party in Istanbul February 13, 2015. REUTERS-Murad Sezer
Police use tear gas to disperse scores of protesters boycotting schools over the growing influence of religion in the classroom in Ankara February 13, 2015. REUTERS-Stringer
Police use tear gas to disperse scores of protesters boycotting schools over the growing influence of religion in the classroom in Ankara February 13, 2015. REUTERS-Stringer

(Reuters) – Turkish police used water cannon in the western coastal city of Izmir on Friday to disperse scores of protesters boycotting schools over the growing influence of religion in the classroom, local media reported.

Education is the latest flashpoint between the administration of President Tayyip Erdogan, and secularist Turks who accuse him of overseeing creeping ‘Islamisation’ in the NATO member state.

Riot police were out in force on Izmir’s streets, with water cannon being used to disperse banner-waving demonstrators who had gathered in the centre of the city, according to pictures from Dogan news agency. At least one person was seen being led away by plain clothes security officers.

Parts of some regular schools have been requisitioned to create more places for students in “Imam Hatip” religious schools championed by Erdogan, where girls and boys are taught separately.

Almost 1 million students are enrolled in those schools, up from 65,000 when AKP came to power in 2002.

The boycott was organised in cities across the country by a teachers union and associations from the minority Alevi community, the Hurriyet Daily News website reported.

Around ten people in Istanbul were detained by police, the paper added. A Reuters witness said hundreds of people, mostly school students, joined one protest in the city.

In 2013 Turkey was widely condemned for the brutal suppression of anti-government protests which saw hundreds of thousands of people taking to the streets.

Despite deepening polarisation in the country, Erdogan remains hugely popular with his conservative religious voter base. But there is an increasing sense of hostility in some secularist parts of the population, disturbed by what they see as erosion of judicial independence.

(Reporting by Jonny Hogg; Editing by Daren Butler and Ralph Boulton)

 

Muslim pours acid down wife’s throat in Pakistan

Lahore: A 25-year-old married woman in Pakistan’s Punjab province is battling for her life after her husband allegedly poured acid down her throat following an argument over trivial domestic issues.

The incident occurred late yesterday in Kot Addu tehsil of Muzaffargarh district, some 400 kilometres from here.
Victim Gulnaz’s husband Fahim Ahmed had an argument with her over a trivial domestic issue. He first beat her with the assistance of his father and then poured acid down her throat, police said.

Following the incident, she was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital in Multan, where her condition is stated to be very critical.

Gulnaz was married to Faheem a few months ago and the couple often picked arguments over domestic problems which generally resulted in quarrels, a senior police officer Abdul Rehman Asim said.

“We have registered a case under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act against Fahim and his father and police are raiding to arrest them,” the officer said.

At least 43 cases of acid attacks, including 51 women and eight men, have been recorded in Punjab province this year.
Prosecution rate in such cases is only 35 per cent as several problems often persist during investigation and trial stage. Out-of-court settlements add to the woes of victims, according to local media reports.