Emine Senyasar, who lost her husband and two sons three years ago is calling for solidarity on Friday, September 24 which marks the 200th day of her vigil for justice.
The Senyasar family were subjected to a brutal attack on 14 June 2018 which was launched by the relatives of Ibrahim Yildiz, an MP from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the Suruc district of Urfa, a southern province of Turkey.
According to security camera footages and eyewitnesses, in 2018 MP Yildiz’s family went to Senyasar family’s store asking for their votes as part of their election campaign. During their visit a political argument took place between the families after which Yildiz’s family members went back a second time to the shop and opened fire. After the incident all family members were transferred to Suruc State Hospital.
Emine Senyasar went to the hospital to see her sons with her husband, where all three were brutally killed the same day by a later raid
by Yildiz’s family. A member of Yildiz family also lost his life at the same hospital as well.
According to Turkish Medical Association’s (TTB) report about the massacre the raiders also destroyed the security cameras at the crime scene.
Fadil Senyasar, one of Emine Senyasar’s sons, who survived the attacks, has been sentenced to 37 years, 9 months in prison despite acting in self-defence.
“Emine Şenyaşar is the portrait of injustice in Turkey” says Ayse Acar Basaran, MP from Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). Basaran also states that “the trial process shows how justice has been shaped by the interests of the government.”
“I want this cruelty to end and justice to be served. We need legal support” says Emine Senyasar, who is calling on lawyers to gather infront of Urfa Courthouse on Friday where she has been on justice vigil.