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Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary,

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ADANA 0261

SIPDIS


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM TU IZ ADANA
SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY,
OCTOBER 7, 2003


1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary
for October 7, 2003. 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


2. Turkiye, Bolge, Ekspres, Milliyet/ Prime
Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the
opening ceremony of the Adana International
Industrial Fair on Monday, October 6. Three
hundred and fifty-nine companies attended the
fair. Fifty thousand people visited the fair on
the first day. Erdogan also opened two new
schools and the AKP Adana office on the same
day.


3. Bolge / Tuncay Bakirhan, head of the Democratic
People's Party (DEHAP), stated that Turkish and
Kurdish children are going to Iraq to die for
$8,5 million.


4. Sabah Guney / During the Prime Minister's
opening ceremony for the new Adana AK Party
building, a group of the Democratic People's
Party (DEHAP) members shouted slogans praising
Abdullah Ocalan. Police detained 10 people for
questioning.


5. Tercuman / In Baskale, Van province, police
found about 19 kg of pure heroin and a gun. The
Police are looking for an individual known by
the initials "F.F." for questioning about the
incident.


6. Ozgur Gundem / In Siirt province, 13 students
were expelled from university dormitories
because they had attended the DEHAP Mayor's
son's wedding ceremony as well as ceremonies
organized by the People's Democracy Party
(HADEP). The students applied to the Siirt
Human Rights Organization to fight for their
dormitory rights.


7. Ozgur Gundem / In Adana about 2000 people
attended a meeting organized by the Adana Anti-
War Association. The group announced that they
don't want Turkish troops in Iraq and they
wanted better conditions for Abdullah Ocalan in
prison.


8. Ozgur Gundem / In Patnos, Tutak and Elesgirt,
Agri province, Turkish Armed Forces started an
operation with about 90 armoured vehicles.
Village guards are supporting the operation.


9. Ozgur Gundem / Diyarbakir Government officials
started an investigation about Hasan Atsiz,
head of the Diyarbakir Agriculture Union,
because he had attended a dinner party
organized by DEHAP head Tuncer Bakirhan, the
funeral of KADEK member Engin Sincer and the
annual meeting of the Diyarbakir Free Society
Party (OTP). Officials stated that Atsiz is a
civil servant and, according to the law, civil
servants are not allowed to join in political
activities.


10. Ozgur Gundem / Halime Akyol, reporter of
Dicle Press Agency, was detained by the police
for attending Newroz celebrations in Ceyhan as
a reporter. Akyol sued the police after her
release because she didn't attend the
ceremonies. "On the same day I was on duty in
Adana," Akyol stated.
REID

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