BATMAN - Nejla Kurt, mother of Şerzan Kurt who was killed by the police, said: "I thought my son would be the last one to die by the hand of the state. But children kept being murdered since then."
10 years have passed since Muğla University student Şerzan Kurt was murdered by a police officer on May 11, 2010. Nejla Kurt, who spoke to our agency on the anniversary of her son's death, said she last spoke to her son on Mother's Day. Stating that her son was killed by the police one day after they spoke on the phone, Kurt said: "He was shot on May 11 and died on May 19. We buried him on May 24. He was 20 years old when he died. Our pain will not ease until the day we too are buried. I am watching his videos. He was not a child who easily expressed his troubles. He had friends from all ages. We spoke to each other a lot. Every May, that wound starts to bleed again."
'I THOUGHT MY SON WOULD BE THE LAST'
Expressing that after the death of his son, his friends, democratic circles and public supported them a lot, Kurt said: "I thought my son would be the last one to die by the hand of the state. But children kept being murdered since then."
Stating that they have been fighting for justice for ten years, Kurt said: "But the justice has not been served. I thought Şerzan's death would end the deaths of the young ones. I thought the young ones would be spared after that. I was wrong. The deaths went on incessantly. Another teenager was killed after Şerzan, in another city. Just recently a 17 year old teenager was shot in the heart, running from the police to avoid a fine. How can one shot a child in the heart just because he was fleeing? If justice had been served in Şerzan's case, that 17 year old child in Adana would be alive today."
Describing the moment when she received the news, Kurt said: "First they told me that my son was injured in a fight. Then I learned that he was shot. The first thing I thought was if he had felt pain. I didn't want him to suffer. I gave birth to him in pain. Every mother does so and raise their children with a lot of labour. That's why no mother wants their child to suffer even when they're dying. Years after my son's death Ali İsmail Korkmaz's mother told that she'd wish her son was shot rather than being beaten to death, so that his death would be less painful. They put us in a position to compare our pain to each other. Think about Berkin. Enough is enough. We don't want our children to be killed any more. We don't want to cry any more. "
Expressing that impunity will continue unless justice is served, Kurt said: "If those in the west do not acknowladge our suffering here, the suffering will continue. Pain has no colour, no language. The pain of the Alevi, Armanian, Kurd, Arab and Turk are the same. All suffering is the same."