Civilian prosecutors conducting an ongoing investigation into a criminal organization known as Ergenekon have launched a new probe into a terrorist attack
The satirical magazine Leman shows the Constitutional Court (helicopter), with its decision to close the Kurdish political party DTP, moving the party to the mountains, which is slang for joining the PKK. The pilot says, ?OK, leave it.? (click, in Turkish) The picture also implies isolation of Kurdish politicians, and banning them from civilization (house, parliament)…………..
Ongoing clashes in the streets between nationalist groups and supporters of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) protesting the closure of their party by Constitutional Court ruling last week on charges of ethnic separatism and links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) have raised concerns among many about the prospect of the Kurdish initiative grinding to a halt.
The Constitutional Court?s decision to close down the Democratic Society Party (DTP) has covered up a very important incident. The Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) initially remained silent about the attack in Tokat?s Reşadiye district in which seven soldiers were killed and then later assumed responsibility for the bloody incident.
With a map of Turkey in the background, Turkey’s Interior Minister Besir Atalay speaks to the media about his government’s ‘ Kurdish initiative ‘ and security issues during a news conference in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009. Atalay says the government will speed up reforms for reconciliation with Kurds despite a surge of violence by Kurdish rebel supporters and the closure of a pro-Kurdish party on charges of ties to Kurdish rebels.
(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Turkish democrats and Kurdish democrats want the ?nameless, low-intensity internal war? to be over. The idea that there is ?no end? gained currency.
During the deliberations on the budget in Parliament on Monday, we saw once more that the leaders of the opposition Republican People?s Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), who have opposed the democratic initiative from the very start, are holding the initiative responsible for both the increasing street demonstrations by supporters of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) and the killings of seven soldiers in Tokat?s Reşadiye district at the hands of a PKK-linked terrorist group.
After last Friday’s ban of the Kurdish Party DTP by the Turkish Constitutional Court Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament are worried about the implication for the development of democracy and call for a debate on Turkey in the EP’s January session.
Turkey, roiled by continuing demonstrations against the Constitutional Court?s closure of its only Kurdish political party in parliament, is also beset by strikes and demonstrations by workers seeking better conditions and higher wages, with the police using water cannons and pepper gas against the protesters.
Turkish workers protesting layoffs stand in a pool in cold weather after riot police used pepper spray to disperse them at a park in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009. Riot police used pepper spray, truncheons and shields to disperse the workers of the Turkish state tobacco company Tekel on the third day of the anti-government protest. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)