Turkish bloodbath 10 days before elections

by Steve Sweeney

Morning Star | June 15, 2018

TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was accused today of being responsible for a bloodbath as opposition supporters were killed by ruling party thugs just 10 days before landmark elections.

At least five people were killed and nine injured in violent attacks yesterday after supporters of Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate Ibrahim Halil Yildiz marched provocatively through the Turkish border town of Suruc armed with heavy weapons.Read More »

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Turkey’s president: Short term victory, long term trouble

By Conn Hallinan

 

When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a presidential and parliamentary election June 24—jumping the gun by more than a year—the outcome seemed foreordained: the country is under a state of emergency, Erdogan has imprisoned more than 50,000 of his opponents, dismissed 140,000 from their jobs, jailed a presidential candidate, and launched an attack on Syria’s Kurds, that is popular with most Turks.Read More »

TURKEY UPDATE: Crony capitalism, 60,000 ‘wanted’, protest leaflets and women’s outrage

A Journal of People report

Media reports and articles on Turkey show developments the country is going through.

William Armstrong wrote on July 6, 2017 in Hurriyet Daily News:

“In Transparency International’s most recent annual Corruption Perceptions Index, Turkey ranked a lowly 75th. The country has been declining steadily on the index in recent years, as an earlier reform drive is abandoned and ordinary citizens increasingly come to see corruption as the normal way of doing things.

“Infrastructure development has been central to the AKP’s electoral appeal. But this has gone hand in hand with an increasingly well-oiled machine of cronyism, as the state dishes out contracts to friendly companies.”Read More »

Turkey UPDATE: Editors jailed, minister sentenced, judge arrested, magazine shuttered, 2500 detained, thousands of books confiscated

A Journal of People report

Source: Internet

With arrests, sentencing, shuttering and confiscation, the situation in Turkey continues to deteriorate.

A Melville House Books report said:

In the last few weeks, president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s authoritarian regime has sentenced a minister of parliament to twenty-five years in prison for divulging “state secrets,” arrested a judge from the UN’s Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, and denounced the US’s decision to pursue criminal charges against a group of twelve Turkish security guards for kicking the shit out of a group of Kurdish protestors in Washington DC last month. In the last fifteen days alone, almost 2,500 people have been detained or arrested, including Taner Kilic, a local chair of Amnesty International.Read More »

Democratic victory of the “no” camp in Turkey, claims opposition leader

“Yes” lost in three largest cities including the capital

Trump and Saudi king congratulate Erdoğan

A Journal of People report

People protest against the results of the referendum in Istanbul, Turkey April 16, 2017.People protest against the results of the referendum in Istanbul, Turkey April 16, 2017. STRINGER/REUTERS

The 24 million Turkish citizens who voted against the constitutional changes have scored a “democratic victory” even though they failed to halt the government’s project, the main opposition leader has said, warning that Turkey will be ungovernable with the constitution.

In a phone interview with the Turkish daily Hürriyet on April 17, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the head of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), said, “Despite all the bureaucratic pressure of the state, despite all the state’s financial and bureaucratic resources [used by the government] and despite the ongoing state of emergency, the naysayers claimed a victory for democracy, no matter what they say.”Read More »

Thousands protest in Istanbul

Election officials stamped ballots

Annul referendum, calls opposition

Emergency extended in Turkey

A Journal of People report

1,000s protest Turkey referendum results as Erdogan tells European observers to ‘know your place’

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Turkey On The Road To Fascism

Morning Star Editorial | 18 April, 2017

TURKEY’S constitutional changes endorsed in Sunday’s referendum threaten to take that country further down the road to fascism.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will assume sweeping new powers with which to pursue his authoritarian, neoliberal and Islamist agenda.

Already, since his election in 2014 to what had hitherto been a largely ceremonial post, Erdogan has tightened his grip over the media, the military and the judiciary, backed by his Justice and Development Party (AKP) and extreme nationalist and clerical forces.Read More »