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Is it a coincidence that 7 Turkish soldiers are killed probably by Kurdish guerillas, a Kurdish demonstrator killed in riots, and a civilian dies wounded by Kurdish rioters in 48 hours?

All have their own genealogies, but happening at the same moment signifies a conspiracy of parties against further democratization. It is ironic to see that both pro-Kurdish activists and nationalist Turks are campaigning against government’s Democratization Initiative a.k.a. Kurdish initiative. Both militaristic and both will lose initiative if the Initiative has success…

here comes: Gov’t said it postponed to discuss an amendment to lower down charges against under-age demonstrators….

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Serap Eser died today. She was burnt in high degrees when rioters threw molotov cocktails to a public bus…Facebook page.

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Aydın Erdem, a demonstrator, a college student, was killed yesterday during pro-PKK riots with a bullet…Facebook page.

AFP: One dead as violence flares in Turkey protests

May god bless their souls, those 7 soldiers killed today:

Uzman çavuş Harun Arslanbey (Adana); erler: Onur Bozdemir (Adıyaman), Kemal Pide (Ordu), Ferit Demir (Muş), Yakup Mutlu (Muş), Cengiz Sarıbaş (Giresun) ve Fatih Yonca?nın (Hatay)

HUMAN RIGHTS RELATED ROUNDUP FOLLOWS

Turkish soldiers killed in attack

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition

At least five soldiers are shot dead by gunmen in Turkey’s northern province of Tokat, officials say.

Five Turkish Soldiers Dead After Gunmen Open Fire

from NYT > Turkey by By REUTERS
Five soldiers were killed and four were injured after gunmen attacked a gendarme unit in northern Turkey?s Tokat province, television channels reported on Friday.
Kurdish demonsrators clash with Turkish riot policemen in the ...

Kurdish demonsrators clash with Turkish riot policemen in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir. A student was shot dead Sunday during clashes between Turkish police and demonstrators protesting at the prison treatment of the founder of outlawed PKK party, sources said.(AFP/Bulent Kilic)

The Raw Story | Turkey invites anti-torture group to visit jailed Kurdish leader

Closure Case for Pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party

from Bianet :: English
Constitutional Court rapporteurs prepared a paper arguing that the Democratic Society Party used violence as a political tool and demanded the closure of the party. The report is not binding but only guiding. The court will discuss the general issue of the trial on 9 January.

13 December rally to commemorate the Dersim massacre. via

RIGHTS-TURKEY: Jailing Kurdish Children to Undermine Dissent – IPS ipsnews.net

Pharmacists’ did have one day strike last week. Two of their posters here.

Buried Alive

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

Sixteen-year old Medine Mehmi lived in the village of Kahta near Adiyaman with her parents and grandfather, Fethi Memi, a violent widower who regularly beat the family members. In January, after her parents were beaten, Medine reported it to the police. When her grandfather learned of this, he threatened her. After another beating in August, Medine again reported it to the police. Then she disappeared.

Two Police Officers Suspended under Torture Allegations

from Bianet :: English
Mersin governor Aksoy suspended 2 police officers because of exposing violence to 2 brothers in the Republic Police Office. Ministerial inspectors are required to investigate. Footage of the incident shows police officers still kicking and beating the brothers after they fell down to the floor.

Government Does not Recognize Right to Strike

from Bianet :: English
The right to strike and to collective agreements for public employees is stated by International Conventions and ECHR decisions. The government has delayed the corresponding legal amendments for years. The Public Workers’ Union Confederation claims that the government tries to gain time and intends to maintain a low budget allocated to public workers.

Expect no improvement from YARSAV

by BÜLENT KORUCU
I have adopted a cautious pessimism in assessing the change of presidency of the Judges and Prosecutors Association (YARSAV) and noted that freshly elected President Emine Ülker Tarhan might compensate for the damage done to the image of the association.
another ideological move Turkish Council of State protested in this poster. “Council of State: Loyalty to Army is our Honor” via
by YASIN AKTAY

A recent ruling rendered by the Council of State to overturn a decision of the Higher Education Board?s (YÖK) that would have eliminated the coefficient injustice deserves some examination.

Ending error instead of creating chaos

by MİLLİYET HASAN CEMAL

The Council of State reached a decision before the holiday paving the way to chaos. The decision aims at preventing the graduates of vocational schools and imam-hatip schools from going to university. It is an unfair decision that violates the principle of equality and leads to unjust treatment.

Turkey in the coefficient mirror

by STAR BERAT ÖZİPEK
The coefficient controversy shows that what this country really lacks is a conscience and a justice system that comes before ideologically based laws. The Council of State?s decision on the coefficient system should not have taken anyone by surprise.

Two Police Officers Suspended under Torture Allegations

from Bianet :: English

Mersin governor Aksoy suspended 2 police officers because of exposing violence to 2 brothers in the Republic Police Office. Ministerial inspectors are required to investigate. Footage of the incident shows police officers still kicking and beating the brothers after they fell down to the floor.

Court Ruled: Freedom of Speech Instead of Forbidden Propaganda

from Bianet :: English
A Diyarbakır Court acquitted Diyarbakır Metropolitan Mayor Baydemir and decreed that his reference to the PKK as the “armed Kurdish opposition” accounts for a basic element of freedom of expression. The court emphasized that it ruled on the base of the constitution.

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