DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) – Tired of trenches in the streets and daily gun battles, shopkeeper Berzani Akdogan is hoping the return of single-party rule might bring stability to Turkey’s southeast, even though a heavier military crackdown looks likely in the short term.
Akdogan, whose toy store in the region’s biggest city Diyarbakir has repeatedly been shuttered by violence, turned his back on the pro-Kurdish opposition in Sunday’s general election, voting instead for the ruling AK Party, despite a campaign built on pledges to maintain a hardline against Kurdish militants.
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkish police fired tear gas against protesters in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir on Sunday after an election that saw President Tayyip Erdogan’s hold on the country tightened and the main pro-Kurdish party almost voted out of parliament.
It was, this time, a brief flareup. Stones were thrown and roads were blocked before the crowd dispersed and the tea houses nestled inside the city’s Byzantine walls emptied.
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) – Voters in Turkey’s largely Kurdish southeastern city of Diyarbakir turned out in droves on Sunday, queuing up in the shadow of armored police vehicles to cast their ballots against what many said was state intimidation.
Long lines snaked out of the crumbling schools that served as polling stations in Diyarbakir, where neighborhoods have been scorched by fighting between security forces and militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turks began voting on Sunday amid worsening security and economic worries in a snap parliamentary election that could profoundly impact the divided country’s trajectory and that of President Tayyip Erdogan.
The parliamentary poll is the second in five months, after the ruling AK Party founded by Erdogan failed to retain its single-party majority in June.
ISTANBUL, Oct 30 (Reuters) – In almost half a century as a
reporter, columnist and editor of two national newspapers, Hasan
Cemal has seen coups, military rule and government crises shake
Turkish democracy. But never, he says, have press freedoms been
so curtailed as under President Tayyip Erdogan.
Broadly-defined anti-terrorism laws have been used to
prosecute dozens of journalists in recent years. Several more
face legal action for referring to a corruption scandal around
Erdogan’s inner circle in December 2013.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey had struck Kurdish militia fighters in Syria twice after they defied Ankara’s warning not to cross west of the Euphrates river.
Ankara fears that advances by the Kurdish YPG militia, backed by its PYD political wing, on the Syrian side of its 900 km (560-mile) border will fuel separatist ambitions among Turkey’s own Kurds in the southeast of the country.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The Turkish government has hired an international law firm to investigate the worldwide activities of U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen’s Hizmet (Service) Movement, President Tayyip Erdogan’s ally-turned-arch rival.
Robert Amsterdam, founding partner of London-based Amsterdam and Partners LLP said in a statement that his firm was hired by the Turkish government “to expose allegedly unlawful conduct by the Gulen network worldwide”.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Kurdish groups on Saturday of trying to grab control of northern Syria, and said Ankara would not allow this to happen.
In a speech in southeast Turkey, Erdogan denounced the merging of the Syrian town of Tel Abyad last week into an autonomous political structure created by the Kurds.
ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey is preparing for tens of thousands more refugees from Syria as government forces and Russian warplanes pound opposition-held areas, and officials said many would try illegally to get to Europe.
Syrian government troops and their allies, backed by Russian jets, launched an offensive against rebels battling to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad south of Aleppo, still home to two million people, a week ago.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Syrian intelligence and Kurdish militants, not just Islamic State, were behind a double suicide bombing in Ankara which killed more than 100 people, the worst attack of its kind in Turkey’s modern history.
Erdogan said Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants, the Syrian “mukhabarat” secret police and the Syrian Kurdish PYD militia had worked together with Islamic State in the bombing on Oct. 10.