French student files lawsuit over detainment in Turkey
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A French student who was deported after being detained by police during the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul last June has filed a legal complaint for wrongful detention, as well as for violations of her freedom, security and right to assembly.
Elisa Marianne Couvert, 24, filed a criminal complaint at the Istanbul High Criminal Court and is seeking 50,000 Turkish liras in damages from the finance ministry for the alleged violations of her rights during her custody.
“I waited at the Kumkapı Foreigners Deportation Center for eight days under harsh conditions for the execution of the decision on my deportation,” said Couvert in her complaint.
Couvert, who studied at Galatasaray University two years ago as part of the Erasmus exchange program, was detained on June 11 while taking refuge inside a branch of the Socialist Democracy Party (SDP) during a police attack on protesters in Taksim Square.
Couvert claimed she knew nothing of the SDP – a party that is a fierce critic of the government – or of the building before she took shelter there along with about 30 others from a barrage of police teargas.