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AP Exclusive: Doctors in Turkey describe police assaults, govt harassment over summer protests

  • FILE - In this June 2013 file photo, a doctor helps a demonstrator affected with pepper gas during clashes with riot police near Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey. During the height of Turkey's summer of upheaval, more than a dozen Turkish doctors interviewed by The Associated Press say authorities assaulted them with tear gas, pressured them to reveal the names of patients and ignored calls for resources. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)

    FILE - In this June 2013 file photo, a doctor helps a demonstrator affected with pepper gas during clashes with riot police near Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey. During the height of Turkey's summer of upheaval, more than a dozen Turkish doctors interviewed by The Associated Press say authorities assaulted them with tear gas, pressured them to reveal the names of patients and ignored calls for resources. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 31, 2013, file photo, volunteer Turkish doctors help a demonstrator afftected with pepper gas during clashes with riot police near Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey. During the height of Turkey's summer of upheaval, more than a dozen Turkish doctors interviewed by The Associated Press say authorities assaulted them with tear gas, pressured them to reveal the names of patients and ignored calls for resources. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)

    FILE - In this May 31, 2013, file photo, volunteer Turkish doctors help a demonstrator afftected with pepper gas during clashes with riot police near Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey. During the height of Turkey's summer of upheaval, more than a dozen Turkish doctors interviewed by The Associated Press say authorities assaulted them with tear gas, pressured them to reveal the names of patients and ignored calls for resources. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 11, 2013, file photo, a protester affected by tear gas is helped by other protesters to a field hospital in Gezi Park inTaksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey. During the height of Turkey's summer of upheaval, more than a dozen Turkish doctors interviewed by The Associated Press say authorities assaulted them with tear gas, pressured them to reveal the names of patients and ignored calls for resources. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis, File)

    FILE - In this June 11, 2013, file photo, a protester affected by tear gas is helped by other protesters to a field hospital in Gezi Park inTaksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey. During the height of Turkey's summer of upheaval, more than a dozen Turkish doctors interviewed by The Associated Press say authorities assaulted them with tear gas, pressured them to reveal the names of patients and ignored calls for resources. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis, File)  (The Associated Press)

More than a dozen Turkish doctors interviewed by The Associated Press say that during summer protests authorities assaulted them with tear gas, pressured them to reveal the names of patients and ignored calls for resources.

Dr. Selcuk Atalay, the general secretary of the Turkish Medical Association's Ankara chapter, says "something happened during the protests in June that usually doesn't happen in war."

An indictment signed last month against a doctor and a medical student, seen by the AP, contradicts a government statement that it would take no action against medical personnel giving care to protesters. Critics say a bill passed last week could give authorities new powers to prosecute doctors for unauthorized care.

The Ministry of Health says claims of shortfalls in health services are "greatly unfair."