Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary October 01, 2004
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UNCLAS ADANA 000132
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM IZ TU ADANA
SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY OCTOBER 01, 2004
1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary for October
01, 2004. 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. MILLIYET/SABAH/MILLI GAZETE/TERCUMAN/YENI SAFAK/RADIKAL:
GOT forces launched an operation in rural Tokat province,
killing five DHKP-C militants, including two females. One
Jandarma sergeant was also killed in the ensuing clashes.
3. EVRENSEL: In Hakkari, a mine exploded yesterday at a
location between Yenimahalle and Bercelan Pasture where it is
alleged that the security forces have thrown chemical material
from helicopters on the forests in the region. A cow was killed
in the explosion. The owner of the livestock, Cercis Bor,
applied to the Hakkari Chapter of HRA for assistance in getting
the area around the houses in the area swept for mines.
4. EVRENSEL: In Tunceli, EMEP ("Toil" Party) protested GOT
pressure on the people of Tunceli and the burning of the forests
in the region. EMEP Provincial Chairman Huseyin Tunc said
burning forests and threatening journalists would not produce
any solutions, and that steps should be taken to bring peace and
brotherhood to the region. Approximately 250 persons carrying
signs with "Budgets for education, not for war," marched in the
town yesterday. Tunceli's CHP lawmaker Hasan Guyuldar brought a
motion bringing forest burning in Tunceli to the agenda of
5. ULKEDE OZGUR GUNDEM: In Siirt, Eruh Sub-governor Ozan
Balci, Eruh District Jandarma Commander, and soldiers allegedly
harassed Human Shield Initiative members attempting to travel to
the Cirav Mountains where military operations were underway.
6. SABAH: In Mardin, Turkey's Director of Religious Affairs,
Prof. Dr. Ali Bardakoglu, Mardin's Syriac Metropolitan Saliba
Ozmen and Metropolitan Samuel Aktas of Midyat jointly opened a
mosque built by a businessman from Mardin. In his opening
remarks, Prof Bardakoglu said "We are grateful to our Prophet,
Prophet Moses, and all saints for having created this unity."
7. EKSPRES/BOLGE: In Adana, the Cukurova University
administration instructed guards not to allow female students
wearing headscarves to enter the campus, but the decision was
later changed. Female students said they had come to school for
education, but some teachers did not allow students wearing
headscarves to enter classes. Approximately 50 female students
and male students supporting them protested the administration's
decision. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer will attend the October
7 Academic Year Opening Ceremony at the university.
8. YENI SAFAK: After being arrested in Van for drug
trafficking and later kidnapped from a police station, former
Van deputy Mustafa Bayram's son, Hamit Bayram, was arrested in
Ankara on September 17. He was transferred to a prison in
Malatya, where he denied accusations at the court, and claimed
that he was tortured. Bayram said no drugs had been found on him
or in his car, but he said that he was addicted to drugs. Bayram
will be sent to Forensic Medicine to confirm his claims of
9. RADIKAL: Twenty industrious female students from poor
families in Hakkari enrolled at the Industrial Vocational High
School and started classes in German. The girls will be educated
in Turkey and taken to Germany to work in the Mercedes Benz
Company, based on an MOU signed between the company and the
Association Supporting Modern Life.
10. CUKUROVA HURRIYET: In Adana, the Second Cukurova Industry
and Trade Fair will be held between October 02-10. Approximately
one million visitors are expected to visit the fair in which 404
domestic and international firms are participating.