Thursday, March 2, 2017

Turkey's days are numbered as long as Erdogan leads it

Some of the news items from Feb 2017 that tell us all is not ok in Turkey and likely to keep getting worse.

If not for USA, Russia, UK, France and Germany backing the despot in power, Erdogan's government would have fallen by now.

Mother with 6-month-old baby detained in Balıkesir, 
sent to Tekirdağ for interrogation
Ayşe Büyükgezici, the mother of a six-month-old baby boy, was reportedly detained in Balıkesir over alleged links to the Gülen movement and sent to Tekirdağ for interrogation, a city located some 200 kilometers from where she was detained.

According to the TR724 news website, as part of an investigation launched by Tekirdağ prosecutor Sedat Taş, Büyükgezici was put under detention with her baby last week and had spent three nights in a Balıkesir jail. Upon the prosecutor’s demand, she was transferred to Tekirdağ for further interrogation on Saturday.

According to the report, Büyükgezici was detained after one of her relatives filed a complaint alleging that she had secret relations with the movement, which the government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15.
Büyükgezici was reportedly released pending trial on Sunday.....

Report: Police chief sets up teams to torture post-coup detainees

Zonguldak Police Chief Osman Ak, who was appointed to his post with a decree issued by the Turkish government after a coup attempt on July 15, has ordered that teams composed of police officers be set up to torture people detained over links to the Gülen movement, the reported on Monday.

According to the report, victims detained by the torture teams are taken to either a police station or a mountain area for interrogation.

One of the team’s victims, identified by the initials A.T., told the news website that he was in detention for 28 days and that he had been beaten every single day until he fainted.....

German reporter arrested in Turkey

Turkish authorities arrested a correspondent for the Die Welt newspaper, Deniz Yucel, on charges of propaganda in support of a terrorist organisation and inciting the public to violence, according to a court witness.

Authorities initially detained Yucel on Feb. 14 after he reported on emails that a leftist hacker collective had purportedly obtained from the private account of Berat Albayrak, Turkey's energy minister and the son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

On Monday, an Istanbul court ordered Yucel, a dual citizen of Turkey and Germany, jailed pending trial, a witness at the court told Reuters....

855 detained, 48 arrested in post-coup operations in past week: ministry

A total of 855 people were detained, with 48 of them put under arrest, in operations targeting the faith-based Gülen movement over the past week, according to a statement from Turkey’s Interior Ministry on Monday.

The detentions and arrests took place between Feb. 21 and 27....

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