Boycott of schools begins across Turkey

A boycott of schools was launched on Feb. 13 upon a call from the Eğitim-Sen teachers’ union and a number of Alevi associations to protest the government’s recent education system implementations, including on compulsory religion classes.
Dozens were detained around Turkey on Feb 13 in a boycott of school, while police used anti-riot vehicles and water cannons to disperse the protesters consisting of union members, teachers, parents and students

Demonstrators clash with police in Izmir as concerns grow over growing influence of religion in Turkish schools

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A countrywide boycott by the appeal of Eğitim-Sen educators union and Alevi organizations has been launched as of this morning to urge authorities to remove compulsory religion classes and education in mother tongue.
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A boycott of schools was launched on Feb. 13 upon a call from the Eğitim-Sen teachers’ union and a number of Alevi associations to protest the government’s recent education system implementations, including on compulsory religion classes.
Turkish students, teachers protest govt religious education

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Hundreds of students and teachers across Turkey have boycotted school to protest the government’s moves to increase Islamic teachings in education.
‘Spray it, spray it,’ the policeman told a colleague during yesterday’s protest in southeastern Turkey
Freedom and Solidarity Party’s (ÖDP) Izmir Provincial board member and United June Movement Izmir coordination member Onur Kılıç has been arrested for insulting the president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

 

Pepper Spray Forcer Police Supervisor Faces Investigation

 

Pepper Spray Forcer Police Supervisor Faces Investigation

 

Antep Governor’s Office released a statement saying that they have launched an investigation into the police supervisor who forced his subordinate to spray pepper gas towards local business owners – an event documented with a footage.
The Turkish president has cancelled his plans to visit pre-Columbian pyramids in Mexico, ending his visit one day early

 

National Security is Not An Excuse For Censorship and Surveillance

 

“If what we’re living through in this country is normal, we are all crazy.”

 

On my latest Global Voices article, I wrote about the latest censorship bill proposal and soon to be voted Security Bill in Turkey. I talked about what those bill could do and why and how Turkish government uses “national security” as an excuse for these.

 

The Turkish Statistical Institute’s survey shows a drop in the percentage of happy people in the country in 2014

 

Turkish gov’t to require pre-nuptial ‘licenses to marry’

 

Couples in Turkey will now be required to acquire a “license to marry” before they can wed following a new cabinet decision

 

Turkey challenges Obama on murders

 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticises US President Barack Obama for his silence over the murder of three Muslim students in the US.
The new principal of a renowned girls’ high school in Istanbul has come under fire from parents who have slammed her for replacing photos of the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, as well as ballerina murals, with pictures of Ottoman sultans
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said he has been wiretapped, linking the eavesdropping issue to forces that are against a peaceful solution to the Kurdish bid
A retired colonel, who was being sought in the trial of the military intervention of Feb. 28, 1997, often described as a “post-modern coup,” has been found dead in Bucharest
Turkish EU Minister Volkan Bozkır met with his German counterpart Michael Roth at the EU Office in Istanbul’s Ortaköy district on Feb. 13
Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan on Feb. 12 criticized U.S. President Barack Obama for his silence following the killings of three young Muslims in North Carolina this week, in the latest sign relations between the two leaders have become strained.

 

Image of Russian gay couple wins World Press Photo as two awards go to Turkish photographer

 

An image of a gay couple locked in a tender embrace won the prestigious World Press Photo award on Feb. 12, as Istanbul-based photographer Bülent Kılıç won first and third prizes in the Spot News category

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