Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary

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E.O. 12958: N/A
JANUARY 15, 2004

1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary
for January 15, 2004. Please note that Turkish
press reports often contain errors or
exaggerations; AmConsulate Adana does not vouch
for the accuracy of the reports summarized


: The US Administration put Kongra-Gel (People's
Congress), which succeeded KADEK and PKK, on its
list of terrorist organizations.

RADIKAL/TURKIYE/cumhuriyet: A report on Regional
Boarding Schools (RBS) in Bingol province
revealed that seven of the children who escaped
from the schools in the past decade due to lack
of adjustment were frozen to death. It is claimed
that younger students were sexually harassed by
the elder ones. The report claimed that most of
the students at RBS were introverts and from poor
families. The Ministry of National Education will
conduct an investigation.

OZGUR GUNDEM: Cahit Goktas, the former DEHAP
chairman for Guroymak, Bitlis province, was given
six months of imprisonment and an approximately
USD 150 fine for making political propaganda in a
Kurdish language during the November 03, 2003
General Election. An investigation has been
conducted on the Bitlis DEHAP Former Chairman and
six administrators for the concert given by a
Kurdish singer during DEHAP's general convention
on May 11, 2003.

OZGUR GUNDEM: Demonstrations protesting detention
of prisoners in isolation (Editor's note:
Isolation imposed on Abdullah Ocalan) were staged
in Diyarbakir, Yuksekova, Silvan, and Adana. In
Diyarbakir, the police video-taped the
identifications of the persons who attended the
anti-isolation demonstrations. The demonstrators
claimed that the conditions in D and F type
prisons were aggravated, and approximately two-
hundred demonstrators shouted "You can not
blacken our sun."

OZGUR GUNDEM: DEHAP (Democracy Party of People),
EMEP (Labor Party), ODP (Freedom and Democracy
Party), Free Party, and SHP (Socialist People's
Party) formed a "Local Democratic Platform" in
Malatya for cooperating in the Local Elections.

BOLGE/EKSPRES: The current mayor of Adana, Aytac
Durak, said he was waiting for the conclusion of
the polls undertaken by other parties to announce
his candidacy.

TURKIYE: It is reported that two KADEK/PKK
members surrendered to Turkish forces in
Yuksekova and Cukurca, Hakkari province.

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