MEPs cancel Turkey trip as relations sour

Turkish officials refuse to meet two senior MEPs, as diplomatic relations continue to deteriorate over Ankara’s post-coup crackdown.

Top EU lawmakers yesterday (16 November) cancelled a visit to Turkey after Ankara refused to see one of the MEPs because of her criticism of Ankara’s massive crackdown following July’s failed coup, a parliament source said.

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Trustees have been appointed to Mardin, Van and Siirt Municipalities. The total number of trustees appointed to DBP municipalities has become 33 with these appointments.
Turkish judicial authorities arrested the CEO of daily Cumhuriyet on Nov. 12, a day after he was detained as he arrived at Istanbul Atatürk Airport following a trip to Germany.
French news organizations have urged Turkish authorities to release a French reporter detained on Nov. 11 in the southeastern province of Gaziantep.

It is not for West to decide reintroduction of death penalty: President Erdoğan

Turkey will decide whether or not to reinstate the death penalty, not the West, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Nov. 12
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has criticized a group of foreign diplomats for attending a People’s Democratic Party (HDP) parliamentary group meeting on Nov. 8 after its two co-leaders and eight other deputies were arrested on terrorism charges
Aggravated life and from 6.5 to 17.5 years imprisonment have been demanded for Özgür Gündem’s nine writers and executives, four of whom arrested.
It has been alleged that intelligence engineer arrested as part of the FETÖ investigation has committed suicide in Kırıkkale Prison where he was held.
The Minister of Justice has announced that “36,000 people have been arrested as part of the FETÖ investigation and 3,456 judges and prosecutors suspended from duty”.
An indictment prepared by the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has demanded aggravated life sentences for a total of nine suspects, including novelist Aslı Erdoğan and linguist Necmiye Alpay, on terror charges as part of an investigation into columnists and managers of closed daily Özgür Gündem.

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Anatolian Agency Publication | Coup Attempt in Turkey (PDF)

Cumhuriyet Newspaper Executive Board President Akın Atalay has been detained at Atatürk Airport where Atalay returned from abroad.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has criticized the outcry after the recent arrests of journalists and Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputies. “When my prison sentence was confirmed in 1999, I went to the Pınarhisar Prison quietly and served my sentence. I did not yell, have a fit, or stage a show,” he said.
The activities of a total of 370 associations in 39 provinces across Turkey have been terminated over their alleged links to terror organizations, the Interior Ministry announced on Nov. 11
Bloomberg.com – Taylan Bilgic – Nov 13, 1:00 PM

Don’t be put off by his conviction for inciting murder, Turkish bus baron Galip Ozturk says. That was just how the secret society that tried to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan once punished people who refused to pay up. The 51-year-old

The president should retain links with his political party because an impartial head of state causes “weakness in legislative activities,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, speaking after the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) delivered its draft for a new constitution to the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has found Turkey guilty for violating the right to life in a notorious police operation at an Istanbul prison in 2000.

Beaten Son of HDP Deputy: They Beat Me Worse as They Knew I was Son of Hüda Kaya

Detained in the wake of the protest organized following arrest of HDP MPs and got his L4 bone in his spine broken by being pounded in custody, Cihad Ebrari, the son of HDP MP Hüda Kaya explained to bianet what happened.

Cumhuriyet’s homepage on November 7.

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