Renowned novelist Aslı Erdoğan is acquitted

Renowned novelist Aslı Erdoğan is acquitted:

An Istanbul court acquitted novelist Aslı Erdoğan on Feb. 14 of charges of belonging to a terrorist group, in one of a series of cases that have fueled concern among European Union states and rights groups about a deterioration of media freedom in Turkey. Ms Erdoğan, who is now living in self-imposed exile in Europe, was one of some two dozen. “Three and a half years of my life were taken away from me,” Erdoğan said. 

Osman Kavala is arrested again:

After a court acquitted businessperson Osman Kavala and ordered his release in the Gezi trial yesterday (February 18), İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office issued a detention warrant on him as part of another investigation related to the failed coup attempt in July 2016. European politicians, representatives of international organizations and rights defenders have criticized the decision.

Declaration for Kavala by PEN Turkey

"I don't know what to say"

The poem "It hurts" by the late
renowned Turkish Poet Turgut Uyar
starts with the lines:
"I want to talk about misery,
vertical and horizontal misery."
The poem refers to things in the past
that tended to shine but, failing to do so,
got lost in darkness.
In the middle of the poem, Uyar says,
"I don't know what to say.
My love hurts."

Likewise, we say:
My love hurts.
My mind can't understand.
My heart is burning.
My shock deepens.
My soul is darkening.
I try to comprehend -in vain.
I feel helpless.
I'm losing my hope.
I want justice.

We just want justice
for Osman Kavala.

PEN Turkey

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