Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary

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E.O. 12958: N/A
SEPTEMBER 06-07-08, 2003

1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary
for September 06-07-08, 2003. Please note that
Turkish press reports often contain errors or
exaggerations; AmConsulate Adana does not vouch
for the accuracy of the reports summarized


2. Evrensel / In a meeting organized by the Van
Democratic People's Party (DEHAP), about 30,000
people gathered to celebrate World Peace Day.
Tuncer Bakirhan, head of the Van DEHAP chapter,
stated that DEHAP does not want to see Turkish
troops in Iraq.

3. Evrensel / Ali Aksan in Mersin province, was
not allowed to register his children's names in
Kurdish. Two of the names were rejected
because they were the names of two PKK/KADEK
members. Aksan stated that he has filed a
letter of complaint at the public prosecutor's
office for the unfair treatment.

4. Sabah, Guney, Turkiye / People found a
suspicious package in front of Adana Akbank on
Kiyiboyu Street. After the bomb specialist
exploded the package, they found that it was
full of paper.

5. Turkiye / Police arrested five people: E.
Kamalak, A. Kirac, M. Kirac, B. Demirci and R.
Kirac in Kahramanmaras province for illegally
hiding approximately 7kg of marijuana.

6. Evrensel / Youth branches of SDP, DEHAP and
SHP organized a meeting in Adana for the Peace
Day celebrations. The crowds shouted
complaints against the USA and against the
possible deployment of Turkish troops in Iraq.

7. Turkiye / Three people who unfurled the
PKK/KADEK flag in public and subsequently
attacked police during the Peace day meeting in
Mersin were arrested.

8. Turkiye / Syria surrendered 9 PKK/KADEK
terrorists to Turkey in Hatay province. The
terrorists allegedly were responsible for the
Kurdish Democratic Association.

9. Turkiye / In Siirt and Mus provinces, three
children died after playing with grenades they
had found in a field.

10. Milliyet / Six high school students in
Gaziantep participated in a meeting advocating
"No war in Iraq". Police detained the students
for a day. Although they were released on the
same day, their schools punished the students
for undisciplinary action and discharged them.
Now, according to the law, the students have to
apply to schools outside of Gaziantep to
continue their education.


11. Sabah, Guney / The "American Corner" in
Gaziantep, which was opened about three months
ago, is very popular among investors,
businessmen and students. About 250 people
visit the center every month.

12. Turkiye / In Hekimhan, Malatya province,
MTA, Turkish Metal Research Center, is going to
start searching for gold.


13. Turkiye / About 90 people, under the
supervision of Professor A. Yener, from Chicago
University, started the excavation work at the
Atcana Hill archeological site in Reyhanli,
Hatay. Yener sated that the work will continue
until October 15.

14. Evrensel, Hurriyet / Famous musicians Leman
Sam and Tuluyhan Ugurlu had a performance on
Nemrud Mountain peak in Adiyaman on September
6. A large crowd was on the mountain to listen
to the performance.

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