Cemil Başöngen, 50, and daughter, Yasemin Başöngen, 17, were hospitalized for police violence in the German state of North Rhine Westphalia.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), Cemil Başöngen, a factory worker who has lived in Germany since 2001, said that the police used disproportionate force against him and his daughter over a simple incident on February 3.
“We went to Lünen city because my daughter had to bring some materials. My daughter had an argument there with her friend, and they called the police. The police came within five minutes and told my daughter to leave. Then, a female policeman rushed over after my daughter and pulled her to the ground with other police officers who came from outside. When I went there to protect my daughter, other police officers punched me in the face and handcuffed me. They took my daughter, but I didn’t see it because I lost my consciousness, “he said. Başöngen.
The Turkish man said that when he finally arrived at the police station, he saw his daughter’s face and hair covered in blood and realized that she had been beaten at the police station and had broken cheekbones.
“Then they called an ambulance and sent my daughter to the hospital,” he said.
Başöngen said doctors gave him a report of incapacity for five days. He added that he would file a criminal complaint about the incident.
Germany is home to 81 million people and the second largest Muslim population in Western Europe after France. Of the nearly 4.7 million Muslims in the country, at least 3 million are from Turkey.
Christchurch Women’s Prison has launched an operational review of the incident. Photo / RNZ
Three inmates at the Christchurch Women’s Prison were hospitalized after eating worms, licking spiders and consuming the hallucinogenic plant datura, which they found growing in the prison grounds.
Two of the women were so ill that they had to be hospitalized overnight, and the Department of Corrections is investigating how the hallucinogen, a tall shrub that also grows as a weed, grew in the prison.
All three have been accused of violations; but a mother of one of the women said they were “silly” and didn’t know what a plant was, and criticized Corrections for letting it grow there.
Prison director Deborah Alleyne said the three women had taken part in horticultural work at the prison on December 22.
They had been warned by the instructors earlier in the day after daring each other to “eat worms, lick spiders and taste plants,” Alleyne said.
After their lunch break, they were observed by staff to exhibit “related behaviors, including being imbalanced, confused and vomiting.”
The women were removed from work and seen by prison health staff.
The site was locked as a precaution and six staff accompanied them to the hospital.
One woman returned to the prison that evening where her health was monitored, but two were hospitalized overnight and discharged the following day.
There were no ongoing health issues for all of the prisoners involved, Alleyne said.
The women were interviewed and admitted to eating a variety of plants and insects, including plants of the datura species, a potent hallucinogen that can be deadly.
“The plant was removed from the tunnel house and immediately destroyed,” said Alleyne.
“Further checks have been completed across the grounds to ensure that no other similar plants are on site.”
Correction has launched an operational review to confirm how crops are grown in the field.
“The plant is a known weed and has been eradicated in the past few years from the prison grounds,” Alleyne said.
The women had been accused of offenses after the incident, but one of their mothers told the Herald they did not know they were taking hallucinogens.
She also questioned how Correction was able to let plants grow there, and criticized the department for not notifying her after her daughter was hospitalized.
“They didn’t know it was datura, thought it was just a flower, they didn’t even know what it was until afterward.
“They’re just playing games, challenging each other to do silly things.”
She only heard about the incident after her daughter recovered and called her, her mother said.
“He said he almost died, he vomited and his heart almost stopped. The prison has a health and safety responsibility, how could they let this happen? And then they didn’t even tell me that he was taken to the hospital. What are they going to do? have said if he died? “
Datura is one of New Zealand’s most dangerous plants.
It is sometimes eaten by people who want to experience hallucinations, which are caused by the strong alkaloid chemicals from plants.
But this drug has other side effects, including over-stimulating the heart and acting as a powerful muscle relaxant, which can be deadly.
In New Zealand, datura was responsible for entering intensive care, and indirectly caused at least two drowning deaths.
Alleyne said the women’s charges would be heard by an inquiry jury.
“If charges go ahead and they are found or pleaded guilty, they can be penalized with loss of privileges such as television or hobby material, forfeiture of income, or a period of cell confinement.
“Further action can be taken in response to the review’s findings.”
An indigenous leader who has become a symbol of the struggle for customary rights and preservation of the Amazon rainforest has been treated in hospitals, institutions and relatives have confirmed.
The nearly 90-year-old head of Raoni Metuktire was taken on Thursday to a private hospital from his home in the Xingu Indigenous reservation after suffering several days with diarrhea and dehydration, according to his nephew, Patxon Metuktire.
The nephew told The Associated Press that Mr. Raoni was declared negative for the new corona virus at the hospital in the city of Colider, 370 kilometers from the reservation.
He said doctors had not yet determined the cause of Mr. Raoni, but has been depressed since his wife, Bekwyjkࠍetuktire, died of a stroke last month.
The hospital issued a medical report that said Mr Raoni got up and ate without difficulty, but his condition worsened on Saturday, possibly due to bleeding in his digestive tract, and might need to be moved to a larger hospital.
Mr. Raoni has campaigned for decades to protect indigenous territories in the Amazon and the rainforest itself.
A 1978 documentary, Raoni: The Fight for the Amazon, helped him become famous, as did the 1989 tour with musician Sting.
He has been an outspoken critic of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and visited European leaders last year to denounce Mr Bolsonaro’s call for developing customary land in the rainforest.
Bolsonaro refused a call by French President Emmanuel Macron to meet with Mr. Raoni
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