THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — The victim is Secil Anne, who died after her throat was cut open and her face disfigured by a knife earlier this week at her home in Antalya. Local police do not have a suspect but they are investigating.
Reports indicates there’s been an uptick in violence against trans women in Turkey. It was also reported that Turkey’s trans murder rate is the highest in Europe and the Turkish government is seemingly unconcerned of crimes against trans people.
Secil Anne’s murder however, is especially ominous as it comes a month after a group of about 100 neighbors in Antalya protested the transgender sex workers in the area that were “disturbing” to them. While the police say they do patrol the area and charge sex workers when caught, however, the group of neighbors said then they would be ‘patrolling the area with bats.’
Secil Anne was reported to be a sex worker and it is not known if she lived in the area of this group of neighbors. While there are no reports that this group had anything to do with her death, citizens taking the law into their own hands — mob justice, is never an option in civilized society, no matter what side you come down on sex workers, trans or not.
More about the protest: http://www.kaosgl.com/page.php?id=11600
English language report of Secil Anne’s death: http://www.kaosgl.org/page.php?id=11820
News report in Turkish language: http://www.kaosgl.org/sayfa.php?id=11846
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