Black Balloons in New York, Bryant Park

Throughout the USA and Canada, Set Them Free have organized demonstrations of black balloons to raise awareness on the arbitrary detention and arrest of 668 jailed children under the age of six and 17,000 women in Turkey.

New York was one of the cities, among the other 15 locations that held the event. Turkish American supporters have been gathered around Bryant Park to give away black balloons to demand the freedom of innocent children jailed in Turkey.  Participants gave out fliers to New Yorkers which had information about the violation of children and women rights in Turkey. The event was focused on the plight of thousands of children in Turkey and abroad who are subject to discrimination on several grounds prohibited by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Hundreds of advocates joined the crowd to be the voice of innocent babies and demand freedom for mothers in jails. Mothers and women were particularly interested in the event and expressed their concern and regret for the babies and mothers. Set Them Free called on participants` attention to continue raising awareness on the jailing of children and mothers, who have become the victims of unlawfulness in Turkey, and support our social media campaign on Twitter via @sethemfreetr account. The event ended as the advocates have distributed more than 900 balloons.