Police raid publishing house in İstanbul, detain editors, seize 2170 … – Turkey Purge

Turkish police on Sunday night raided the Belge publishing house in İstanbul, searching the venue for about three hours, direnisteyiz5.org reported.

The officials reportedly prevented employees from leaving, seized a total of 2170 books and briefly detained editor Mehmet Ali Varış.

The publishing house was raieded on accusiation of having links to the far-left Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C).

The Belge Publishing House was founded by Ragıp Zarakolu and his late wife Ayşe Nur in 1977.

Until the military coup of 12 September 1980, the publishing house mostly published academic and theoretical books. Afterwards, Belge started to publish a series of books written by political prisoners. This series of 35 books consisted of poems, shorts stories, and novels.

 

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