Daily Archives: June 1, 2020

Justice Ministry receives proposals seeking to lift immunity of CHP MPs over row with Erdoğan’s aide

Duvar English The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has prepared summary of proceedings to lift parliamentary immunity of two main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmakers for “insulting” Fahrettin Altun, one of the top aides of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Prosecutors … Continue reading

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CHP Chair Kemal Kilicdaroglu met with custodians by video conference on May 21 to urge them to protect their right to organize in order to fight against violations of their rights. Custodians, who are typically responsible for cleaning, shopping, and … Continue reading

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The AKP and CHP continued to trade barbs after the latter’s youth leader in Adana’s Yuregir district was arrested following an altercation even though the video showed a state security guard brandishing a gun at the individual. Following the incident … Continue reading

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Prominent theologians and political leaders have expressed fears that some circles are seeking to create provocations by exploiting religious feelings after social media footage emerged on May 20 and 21 of the protest songs “Bella Ciao” and “Yuh Yuh” playing … Continue reading

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CHP welcomes plans to reduce electoral threshold, warns against obstacles for new parties

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has welcomed the plans of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to decrease the electoral threshold, but warned his party will reject any kind of initiative aiming to prevent the participation … Continue reading

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Domestic violence complaints spiked in Turkey within 20 days of mass prisoner release

Duvar English  Ahmet Altan ‘awaits coronavirus in jail’ as Turkish authorities keep political prisoners behind bars The number of domestic violence complaints have spiked within the 20 days following a bill that allowed the release of some 90,000 arrestees and … Continue reading

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Thousands mark Gezi Park protests on seventh anniversary

Duvar English Thousands of Twitter users have marked the seventh anniversary of Gezi Park protests on May 31 via sharing pictures and quotes from the landmark demonstrations, while also commemorating those killed by police. The protests initially began as a … Continue reading

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Turkish daily forced to publish 3 disclaimers over report on presidential aide’s controversial construction

Duvar English Gov’t press ad agency punishes Cumhuriyet for reporting on Altun’s illegal construction A Turkish daily was forced to publish three disclaimers on May 31 over a report on Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun’s controversial construction. Daily Cumhuriyet published … Continue reading

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Erdoğan targets main opposition CHP’s İzmir provincial organization with five fresh ‘insult’ lawsuits

Duvar English President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has filed lawsuits against five officials from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP)’s İzmir provincial organization on charges of “insulting the president.” One of the five people accused of “insulting the president” is … Continue reading

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Turkish opposition parties support holding early elections

Nergis Demirkaya / DUVAR Erdoğan ‘ordered AKP officials to go out on the streets to listen to people’s complaints’ Turkish opposition parties have said that they would be willing to hold early elections, as they commented on the months-long rumors … Continue reading

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Plans to develop area around ancient Mediterranean village of Olympos recieve opposition

İdris Özyol / DUVAR Gov’t permits geothermal wells in Western Turkish natural, archaeological protection areas The Antalya Bar Association has come out in opposition to a development plan for the Mediterranean coastal village of Olympos, which boasts an ancient history with … Continue reading

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Only four parties above 10 percent electoral threshold, poll shows

Duvar English Only four political parties could pass the 10 percent threshold if parliamentary elections were held today, according to pollster Avrasya. The company’s survey was conducted over the phone on May 20-23 among 2,460 people in Turkey. The results … Continue reading

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Opposition parties express solidarity with Hrant Dink Foundation after death threat

Duvar English Turkey’s opposition parties have expressed their concern at the death threat the Hrant Dink Foundation has received and strongly condemned it. Hrant Dink Foundation receives death threat They said that death threat was a result of hate speech … Continue reading

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