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.
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.