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Asli Erdoğan on trial in Turkey: “They kept me in solitary confinement”

A writer, Erdoğan told Prospect the story of her arrest—and of her country’s frightening descent into authoritarianism

By Ismail Einashe  

Award-winning Turkish author Asli Erdogan. Photo: Linda Say/DPA/PA Images

Asli Erdoğan recalled the day she was arrested. It was about 3pm on 16th August, 2016; she was taking a nap in her Istanbul flat when she heard a loud knock at the door. “Who is it?” she asked. A voice shot back, “It’s the police.” She told them she was not dressed, but they knocked again and threatened to force their way in.

I spoke to Asli, one of Turkey’s most celebrated writers and human rights activists, on the…

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