After leadership arrests, Turkey’s HDP decides to halt parliamentary works….

The Kurdish issue-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has decided to halt all its parliamentary works following the arrest of nine of its lawmakers, including co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ, private broadcaster CNN Türk has reported.
Turkey’s crackdown on Cumhuriyet shows true extent of Erdogan’s wrath

Arrests at secular and independent newspaper signify dark day for press freedomThere’s always a tipping point where democracy dies; and Turkey’s President Erdoğan reached it last week, when he dismissed another 10,000 civil servants, closed more media outlets and, crucially, arrested the editor and a dozen of his finest journalists on Cumhuriyet.

Turkey’s parliament cannot stay indifferent to the “public demand” for the death penalty, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, reiterating that he would approve the bill on the re-installment of capital punishment if lawmakers vote in favor of it.
The Council of Europe warned Turkey against re-establishing the death penalty on Oct. 30.
Counting the closures: Turkey’s media shutdown

We take a closer look at the ever-increasing numbers of media closures and steadily decreasing numbers of news sources.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will be able to appoint rectors to universities directly without having to consider the preferences of academics following the imposition of the latest state of emergency decree on Oct. 29.
A new state of emergency decree law gives the government the authority to appoint trustees in place of minority shareholders on boards of companies not suspected of being controlled by the movement of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen.
Turkish authorities have dismissed more than 10,000 civil servants over suspected links to U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, accused of orchestrating the failed coup attempt of July 15.

What could and should the EU do with Turkey?

Is there a minimal sense of responsibility in European policies towards the people of Turkey, or do we have to content ourselves with European realpolitik?

Selahattin Demirtas, centre, and Figen Yuksekdag, to his left, co-leaders of the pro Kurdish Democratic Party of Peoples (HDP) lead a march towards the site of the explosions in Ankara, Turkey, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. Burhan Ozbilici/Press Association. All rights reserved.Early on November 4, police raided the homes of the opposition People’s Democratic Party’s (HDP) co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ on terrorism charges. Along with them nine other MPs were detained, while the HDP headquarters was raided by the police. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Whatsapp, now the most reliable sources of news and journalism in Turkey, were restricted or even totally blocked in some provinces of Turkey. The internet was slowed down country-wide.


Turkey’s Post-Coup Crackdown Targets Kurdish Politicians

Critics have accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of using the failed coup as a pretext to neutralize all opposition, notably the main pro-Kurdish party.
When the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in late 2002, they had sought to try to defuse the concerns sparked in the West by defining their political movement as “democratic conservative” and advocate of universal human rights values as well as fundamental freedoms.

Turkish police disperse protesters with water cannon after journalists’ arrests – video

Turkish police use water cannon and teargas against hundreds of protesters in Istanbul on Saturday, to block them from marching to the office of an opposition newspaper where staff had been arrested. The protesters gathered hours after Turkish authorities formally arrested nine staff at the secularist Cumhuriyet newspaper

Internet monitoring group Turkey Block reports that Turkey has restricted access to Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and YouTube across the country since 1:20AM there (UTC+2). Connections to those services are being throttled or slowed down drastically by internet service providers, rendering them inaccessible.

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