Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary
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UNCLAS ADANA 0383
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM TU IZ ADANA
SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY
NOVEMBER 2-3, 2002
1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary for
November 2-3, 2002. Please note that Turkish press reports
often contain errors or exaggerations; AmConsulate Adana
does not vouch for the accuracy of the reports summarized
POLITICS, SECURITY, HUMAN RIGHTS
2. MOLOTOV COCKTAIL ATTACK AT ADANA'S "AMERICAN MARKET"
(Turkiye) Unidentified assailants launched a Molotov
cocktail attack at a business center in Adana known as
"American Market." Seven workplaces were completely
destroyed as a result of the incident.
3. FOURTEEN KIDH MEMBERS ORDERED HELD
(Cumhuriyet/Turkiye/Bolge/Evrensel) Thirty Kurdistan
Islamic Revolutionary Movement (KIDH) members who had
earlier been arrested in Diyarbakir were arraigned at the
Diyarbakir State Security Court following interrogation.
The Court ordered 14, including KIDH leader Mehmet Pektas,
to remain in custody, while the remaining 16 were released
but ordered to appear for their upcoming trial. In
addition, ten KIDH members were arrested, along with
organizational documents, during a Van operation carried
out in collaboration with the Diyarbakir Security
Directorate. Later, four arrestees were ordered to remain
in custody; the remaining six were released to be tried
while at liberty.
4. WEDDING HOST AND SINGER HELD FOR KURDISH SONGS
(Evrensel) A Mersin court ordered a wedding host and a
singer to remain in custody for "distributing separatist
propaganda praising the illegal organization" (i.e., the
PKK) via Kurdish-language songs.