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SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY FOR MAY 01, 2006
This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary for May 01, 2006.
Please note that Turkish press reports often contain errors or
exaggerations; AmConsulate Adana does not vouch for the accuracy
of the reports summarized here.
POLITICAL, SECURITY, HUMAN RIGHTS
HURRIYET (CUKUROVA): Syriac Culture Center has been founded
within the body of Syriac Cultural Association in Mardin's
EKSPRES / BOLGE: Adana Mayor Aytac Durak issued a message to
mark May Day, and said that it was pleasing to see Mayday was
being celebrated peacefully.
BOLGE: AKP Adana party organization entered a busy week
before the arrival of PM Erdogan to the AKP Adana provincial
congress which will be held on May 6. To date, two candidates
announced that they would be running for the chairmanship,
Mustafa Kebude and current chairperson Abdullah Dogru.
BOLGE: A public march has been held in Mersin to celebrate
the 125th anniversary of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's birth.
EVRENSEL: The unions and labor platforms celebrated May Day in
Batman, Siirt and Hakkari's Yuksekova district early. The
Governor's Office in Erzincan did not grant authorization for
public meeting to be held in the province on grounds that a
foreseen and imminent threat may disrupt the public peace,
security and health.
SABAH (GUNEY): GAP (Southeastern Anatolia Project) 5th
Engineering Congress has been held in Sanliurfa.
SABAH (GUNEY): ANAP (Motherland Party) Leader Erkan Mumcu
held a public meeting in Hatay.
HURRIYET: Eighteen PKK terrorists have been convinced to leave
the mountains thanks to the efforts of Batman Governor and
Batman Jandarma commander. Meanwhile, a terrorist, who fled
from PKK, has surrendered himself to authorities in Sirnak's
Silopi district, said Sirnak Governor's Office.
ZAMAN: A new ethnicity-based party will reportedly
challenge the position of DTP, which reportedly does not brand
PKK a terrorist organization. Kurdish National Democratic Study
Group will brand PKK as a terrorist organization and will
embrace all Kurdish origin people regardless of their positions.
OZGUR GUNDEM: Van 3rd Heavy Penalty Court refused 330
attorneys who wanted to take part in the first court hearing of
November 9 Semdinli bombing incident, which will start on May 4,
as intervening attorneys on behalf of bookstore owner Seferi
Yilmaz. Yilmaz said that their struggle would continue
regardless of developments (see press summary 04/28).
EVRENSEL / OZGUR GUNDEM: DTP provincial chairpersons met in
Diyarbakir. Co-Chairperson Aysel Tugluk made called on PM
Erdogan to regard Kurdish people as counterparts in resolving
the Kurdish issue. Tugluk further pointed out the gravity of
the increasing number of arrests of DTP officials. Tugluk also
said that the Anti-Terror Law had eventually turned into an
OZGUR GUNDEM: Diyarbakir Municipality will open a park in
memory of human rights activist Aysenur Zarakolu in Diyarbakir.
Diyarbakir Mayor, DTP Co-Chairpersons, and representatives of
civil society attended the groundbreaking ceremony.
OZGUR GUNDEM: A feud between two families has been resolved
peacefully in Erzurum's Karayazi district through local DTP
OZGUR GUNDEM: The Yesil family was denied permission by
Jandarma, despite family members getting previous permission
from local Jandarma, to enter a village and visit the grave of
Veli Yesil, one of the rebels of the Dersim Rebellion in the
1920s, on grounds that a military operation was going on in the
OZGUR GUNDEM: A woman inmate died in Izmit because of a
hunger strike she has started in May 2005 to protest the F-type
prisons, one of the layouts of a plan implemented in Turkish
prisons early in the 2000s, which, according to human rights
activists, brought more isolation to the inmates. The hunger
striker was buried in Gaziantep.
OZGUR GUNDEM: Dead bodies of three foreign national
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terrorists, which have been held in a morgue in Turkey for more
than one month, have been sent to Aleppo in Syria. Syrian
security officers buried the bodies secretly without notifying
the families about the burial process.
OZGUR GUNDEM: Soldiers are allegedly visiting villages at
the border area with Iran in Van province in Turkey in order to
warn people that villages might be evacuated in a possible war
that may take place between Iran and the U.S.
RADIKAL: With efforts of Turkey Branch of IPEC (International
Program on the Elimination of Child Labour), children of 1400
seasonal cotton field workers in Adana have been convinced to
send their children to schools instead of having them work at
the fields to date.