"> Name: Actors Arrested in Turkey: They are alleged to have insulted the Army

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  Middle East and Caucasus

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion


Artist: Dario Fo's play. The actors indited are Mizgin Karadag, Gülnur Kaya, Bedri Erdemci, Ayfer Sevimli, Serpil Ercan, Ercin Berrak, Alper Göyer, Sabahattin Kaya, Zülfü Kaya, Sores Yetis, Lokman Hekimoglu, Abbas Dayan, Veysel Akcan and Ekrem Oktay

Confronting Bodies: The police and the Siirt Penal Court.

Date of Action: March 27, 2002

Specific Location: Turkey at the Siirt Municipality Theater

Description of Artwork: Performance of Dario Fo's play entitled "We can't pay. We won't Pay."

Description of Incident: The police arrested the performers of the play inditing them under article 159 of the Turkish penal code, under the grounds that the play was an insult to the Turkish armed forces.

Results of Incident: The trial is ongoing.

Source: Human Rights Foundation of Turkey

Submitted By: Peter Silverman NCAC

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