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‏@csagir2015 This may help in understanding President Erdogan’s inner world, reactions, plans for the future and his new Turkey.

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Louis Fishman ‏@Istanbultelaviv  If things could not get stranger, Ankara’s mayor puts up a transformer robot in a major square. The New #Turkey

Anti-Terror police stormed several apartments and offices early morning in Istanbul’s Okmeydanı neighborhood, detaining scores of individuals including musicians from the protest band Grup Yorum.
Journalists Society of Turkey and Press Council of Turkey criticized the order issued by Prime Minister’s Office to bar several newspapers and TV channels from attending the funeral ceremony of Prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz this afternoon.
Turkey’s opposition parties have blamed the government for failing to rescue prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz
Istanbul prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz, who was killed in an operation against his two captors late on March 31, had made considerable progress in the cases of protesters wounded and killed during the Gezi Park protests in the summer of 2013.
Gunshots were heard around 5:45 pm local time outside Istanbul’s Police Headquarters in Vatan Street. Advocates at the building spoke to bianet.
The mother of Abdullah Cömert, who was killed during the Gezi protests of 2013 after being hit on the head with a tear gas canister in the southern city of Antakya, had to be rushed to hospital during the trial of her late son on April 1.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has vowed that the government will not tolerate demonstrations in the street “whoever they are and whatever their intent is,” while slamming elements of the media and the opposition over the March 31 killing of a prosecutor.
Peoples’ Democratic Party Group Interim Chairman Idris Baluken submitted a parliamentary inquiry regarding the reasons for hiring village guards in Bingöl and Elazığ during the resolution process.
Nine British nationals reportedly arrested on Turkey’s border with Syria are brought into a police station in the Hatay province on Thursday. News camera footage shows brief glimpses of the detainees, who are largely obscured behind tinted windows. It follows the arrest of at least four young men and women at the Turkey-Syria border last month Continue reading…

Turkey Moves to Close All Gates at Border With Syria

After maintaining an open-door policy through the four years of civil war in neighboring Syria, Turkey has begun shutting out refugees amid fears of a possible terrorist attack.
The Turkish government, which targeted 4 percent growth in its program for the 2015, has not had a very positive start. Estimates show that the first quarter’s growth rate did not exceed the growth rate of the first quarter of 2014 – in other words there has been a ‘zero growth.’

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