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Turkey Kurdistan News in brief  3.6.2012   

June 3, 2012 -  Diyarbakir, Van, Mardin, Cizre, Agri, Batman, Agri...

Protests against PM in Diyarbakir

Diyarbakir: Protests have been staged in Diyarbakır against the Prime Minister who has arrived in the city on Saturday to attend the AKP Provincial Congress. Several groups on KuruÁeşme and Sento Streets who chanted slogans against Erdoğan were attacked and dispersed by police. Erdoğan, with his wife and daughter accompanying him in Diyarbakır, was met by AKP ministers, the Governor, Chief of Police and AKP Provincial Chair at the airport. The Prime Minister and his ministers moved from the airport in accompany of armed vehicles and under intense police measures. Some groups who protested against the Prime Minister on Sento Street were dispersed by police with severe violence. The AKP congress at Seyrantepe Closed Sport Hall started with the participation of around five thousand AKP members. Police has taken extra security measures around the hall and performed id control on the people in the area.

Shops closed to protest against PM visit

Diyarbakir: Some shopkeepers closed up their shops in the district of Bağlar to protest against Prime Minister Erdoğanís visit to Diyarbakir on Saturday. Intense security measures were taken in the city center before the arrival of Erdoğan who will attend the AKP Diyarbakır Provincial Congress and attend some opening ceremonies in the city during the day. All ways from the airport to the city center have been closed with police barricade and armed vehicles. Snipers were placed along Erdoğanís route.

Lawyers in KCK trial to be investigated

Diyarbakir: An investigation is to be launched against 103 lawyers who protested against court in KCK trial Turkish Ministry of Justice issued investigation permit for Public Prosecutor of Diyarbakır against 103 lawyers who protested against the court board during the ďKCKĒ trial on 3 August 2011. During the trial within the scope of the ongoing ďKCKĒ case, 103 defense lawyers of Diyarbakır Bar Association left the court hall to protest against the court board for not accepting their demands concerning 152 Kurdish politicians and human rights defenders. The investigation permit by the Ministry of Justice was issued after Diyarbakır 6th High Criminal Court filed a criminal complaint to the Public Prosecutor against the lawyers. The majority of 40 currently jailed lawyers in Turkey is made up of lawyers of PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) Leader Abdullah ÷calan. As a result of an operation against lawyers on 22 November 2011, forty five lawyers were taken into custody and among them thirty six were sent to prison.

Prosecutor requests removal of immunity for 8 BDP deputies

Diyarbakir: Diyarbakir Public Prosecutor has issued a summary for the removal of the parliamentary immunity for eight BDP deputies. The request has been launched in the context of the so-called ďKCKĒ (Kurdish Communities Union) investigation. In accordance with Article 314/2 of the Turkish Penal Code, the court issued a summary against BDP co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and GŁltan Kışanak, deputies Emine Ayna, Nursel Aydoğan, Sebahat Tuncel, Ayla Akat Ata, DTK co-chair Ahmet TŁrk and Aysel Tuğluk for allegedly ďbeing members of KCK organizationĒ. The audio surveillance records taken in the BDP office for local government in Diyarbakır and visits to the office were put forward as evidences against deputies who are claimed to have connection with the ďKCKĒ organization. The summary against the deputies was sent to the Ministry of Justice General Directorate of Sanctions which will refer it to the Speakerís Office of Parliament. Public Prosecutor of Van issued a summary against BDP MP for Van, ÷zdal ‹Áer, on 9 May on the grounds of striking a doctor in Van Training and Research Hospital. Besides the ongoing arrest of thousands of BDP members since the local elections in 2009, the BDP deputies in the Parliament also have their share of the political pressure on Kurdish politicians. In the first three months of this year alone, 120 summaries were issued against BDP deputies who expressed their demands for democracy, freedom and justice in different activities.

BDP Conference on Local Governance to take place in Diyarbakır

Diyarbakir: In a press release on Wednesday, Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) announced that the BDP Conference on Local Governance will take place at Diyarbakır CegÍrxwin Cultural Center on 01-03 June 2012. The BDP statement remarked that the conference will be held with an aim to discuss the practices of BDPís sense of local governance and to address the processes of a democratic, free and equalitarian future. The statement underlined that the model put forward by BDP for local governance bases on social organization and an attitude that goes beyond the usual concept of local governances in line with its participative, democratic, ecological, gender libertarian and equalitarian paradigm. Noting that anti-democratic, unlawful policies of intimidation have targeted BDPís local governments because of this model which prioritizes an alternative living, the statement added that ďThe concept of repression and intimidation, which started soon after the great achievement by BDP in March 2009 elections, have turned into operations of political slaughter that have tried to completely eliminate BDPís model on local governments.Ē ....

÷calan's lawyers denied visit with their client

Istanbul: Lawyers for Kurdish leader Abdullah ÷calan have seen their request to visit their client turned down once again. This times authorities said the boat going to İmralı was not working properly. Lawyers Mazlum DinÁ, HŁseyin Boğatekin and Rezan Sarıca have requested a new visit: they have not been able to meet with their client since 27 July 2011.....


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