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Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary,

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UNCLAS ADANA 0268

SIPDIS


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM TU IZ ADANA
SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY,
OCTOBER 14, 2003


1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary
for October 14, 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. Ozgur Gundem / Security forces detained 5
children in Sirnak for removing the Turkish
flag from the flagpole at Mehmetcik Primary
School.


3. Ozgur Gundem, Evrensel / The Diyarbakir
Democracy Platform is going to start a protest
to maintain peace and find a permanent solution
for the Kurdish problem. People will be
turning off their lights at 8:30 every night
for two minutes between October 15-30.


4. Evrensel / During the Cukurova University
opening ceremony students who protested against
the US and Higher Education Council (YOK) were
taken to remote areas on the campus and beaten
by the university private contract security
guards.


5. Evrensel / Esma Sevgin, who was arrested after
the Newroz celebrations in Bitlis in 2002 and
released a short while ago, stated that Turkish
security forces forced her to sign a paper
showing that she had applied to Turkish
officials to benefit from the "reintegration
law". "This is not the truth, I was released
because it is not a crime to attend Newroz
celebrations anymore after the acceptance of
the EU Orientation Packages," Sevgin announced.


6. Expres, Bolge / Saban Bas, Adana Chamber of
Commerce Head, announced that over 500,000
people visited the Industrial Fair October 6-
12, and business agreements valued at 2 billion
USD were signed.


7. Bolge / The Adana Human Rights Organization
(HRO) sued the police for detaining 11 HRO
members, including the Adana branch head,
during the meetings they organized last week to
protest the deployment of Turkish troops to
Iraq.


8. Bolge / An empty municipality bus was attacked
by people in Ova mahalle, Adana province.
Reportedly, PKK/KADEK members attacked the bus
and it's in an unusable condition at the
moment.


9. Bolge / Sonmez Koksal, a retired National
Intelligence Bureau (MIT) official, and Cevik
Bir, a retired Turkish General, are coming to
Adana to give a speech on the Turkish-American
relationship. The Turkish-American Businessmen
Association is organizing the event.
REID

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