Police Torture Turkish Students, Lawyers Say

From Reuters

Lawyers for more than 50 students arrested in anti-government demonstrations last week accused police Wednesday of torturing some of them and failing to tell families their whereabouts.

The lawyers’ spokesman, Husnu Ondul, told a news conference that about 250 students were seized for protesting against a proposal to restrict campus organizations and that 65 of them were formally arrested.

The government withdrew the proposal from Parliament after the protests, and Prime Minister Turgut Ozal later said he had doubts about its merits.