the following day I read news coverage about an interesting ?attempt? by the opposition party?s local politicians. You may have heard about it, during the last meeting to commemorate the anniversary of the murder of Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink, some demonstrators changed the name of a street to Hrant Dink Street. It was quite a nice gesture by the demonstrators, who covered a street sign with the word ?Ergenekon? written on it with a sign with ?Hrant Dink? written on it. It was probably this act which inspired some members of the İstanbul Municipal Assembly to propose changing the name of Ergenekon Street to Hrant Dink Street. The proposal was put forward by members of the Republican People?s Party (CHP), which, at the national level and in Parliament, is the most fervent supporter of the status quo and antidemocratic structures.The proposal was put forward by Özgen Nama, who is a member of the İstanbul Municipal Assembly. He is from the CHP. Mr. Nama?s proposal was supported by 112 other members of the assembly who are also from the CHP. But the majority of the members of the assembly are from the Justice and Development Party (AKP). They voted against the proposal and the proposal has been rejected. I do not know if any delegate from the AKP voted in favor of the proposal, but it is understood that the majority voted ?No.?
For those of you who are not too familiar with what is going on in Turkey, this event may not seem very significant, and you may not understand the gravity of the situation.
Kurdish artists Rojda was taken into custody by reason of having spread “propaganda for an illegal organization” by performing a Kurdish song at a festival in Diyarbakır. Rojda is one of 160 artists invited by the Prime Minister to discuss the “Kurdish initiative”.
Relatives of victims of political murders visited the Parliament to talk to officials of five political parties, the parliamentary chairman and the Head of the Parliamentarian Commission for Human Rights. They sought answers to prevent further murders.
from Turkish Politics in Action by Ragan Updegraff
Özgür Mumcu (L), the son of slain journalist Uğur Mumcu; Rakel Dink (2nd from L), the widow of journalist Hrant Dink; Sezen Öz (2nd from R), the widow of prosecutor Doğan Öz; and Nukhet İpekçi (R), the daughter of the late journalist Abdi İpekçi, attended the 12th hearing of the Dink trial on Monday. PHOTO from Today’s Zaman
The twelfth hearing of the Hrant Dink murder case is taking place in Istanbul this week, and the concealing of evidence continues. At the hearing, joint attorneys of the Dink family repeated requests that the security institutions indicated to have played a role in the murder be investigated. These include the National Intelligence Organization, the Istanbul Police Directorate, the Trabzon Police Directorate, the Trabzon Gendarmerie Command and the Intelligence Office Branch of the Police General Directorate. Past government investigations made at the behet of the family have cleared security services of any such role, but evidence that might indicate otherwise remains unavailable to prosecutors, classified as “state secrets” critical to national security. The court rejected requests that statements be taken from Head of Intelligence Department Ramazan Akyurek and Muhettin Zenit.