French star snubs Istanbul festival after beatings

13th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

ISTANBUL, March 12 (AFP) - French actress Emmanuelle Beart has cancelled a trip to Turkey for a film festival in protest at the beating of women by the police at a recent demonstration, a Turkish newspaper reported Saturday.

ISTANBUL, March 12 (AFP) - French actress Emmanuelle Beart has cancelled a trip to Turkey for a film festival in protest at the beating of women by the police at a recent demonstration, a Turkish newspaper reported Saturday.

Beart, who was to be a guest of honour at the opening of the Istanbul Film Festival next month, said she did not wish to travel to a country where women are subject to violent treatment, the festival's director, Hulya Ucansu, told the Vatan daily.

The heavy-handed police response to a women's demonstration in Istanbul on March 6 unleashed harsh criticism by the European Union and raised doubts over the country's resolve to abide by the rights norms of the bloc which it is seeking to join.

Police used truncheons and tear gas to disperse what was described as an unauthorized demonstration. Officers were seen hitting and kicking women who had fallen to the ground.

The program of the Istanbul Film Festival this year includes also Beart's latest movie, "The Art of Breaking Up," directed by Michel Deville.

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