National holiday May 19, Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day can be celebrated in stadiums once again after seven years, the Council of State ruled. Until 2012, the May 19 celebrations used take place in stadiums. The Education Ministry issued a circular in 2012, saying that the celebrations would be limited to school premises only.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has submitted a package regarding articles of a law concerning the security investigation into candidates for state employee positions that was recently cancelled by the Constitutional Court (AYM) as it lacked the mechanisms to protect personal data and the details of one's private life.
The recently-appointed mayor of the district of Kızıltepe in the southeastern province of Mardin cut financial support for the district's football squad, on the grounds that the players and the team's management are members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Last month, the government removed Kızıltepe's pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) mayor Nilüfer Elik Yılmaz from her office.
Batman's Yazidi families have recently been exposed to several attacks by members of the Karabulut and Biter clans, to whom they had temporarily entrusted their lands in the 1990s before leaving for Europe. Although the Turkish courts have ordered these two clans to give the lands back to their rightful owners, the clans have been harassing the families to deter them from resettling in their lands.
An eight-day-long leadership program which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's daughter Esra Albayrak said will “contribute to the development of a stronger generation of Muslim women,” has cost the government over 1 million Turkish Liras. A total of 50 female Muslims women have been selected to participate in the program, organized by the Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services.
A pro-Justice and Development Party (AKP) businessman has said that if President Erdoğan were to ever give up on the Russian-made S-400 missile systems, he would be at odds with the president. "If Erdoğan had not quarreled with the U.S., I would not have stood by him," Ethem Sancak said during a TV program.
Member of the ruling Justice and Development Partuy (AKP) Burhan Kuzu responded with a profanity to a false claim by a false account that he had attempted to join the new Future Party and had been rejected. Upon Kuzu's reply, the fake account responded with "Your level of manners is exactly why we REJECT YOU!" The official Future Party account released a statement that "an unofficial Twitter account has been used as a news source."
The apartment where three Alevi families live was marked with a cross and the words "you will die" in Istanbul's Gazi district. The assault comes two weeks after a similar crime in Izmir where the house of an Alevi family was marked with a cross and the words "get out Alevi."
Members of parliament from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) performed the song and dance protest against violence against women created by the Chilean feminist collective Las Tesis. CHP MPs addressed their protest to Interior Minister Soylu, who said that if the dance will help, "let Parliament hear it. But that necessitate calling the police, government, ministers 'rapist' and 'killer.'"
Sadiye Demirtaş, the mother of imprisoned former co-leader Selahattin Demirtaş of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP), was recently injured in a car accident along with her husband, daughter, daughter-in-law and son-in-law on the way to Edirne to the prison. “Why is Selahattin in Edirne?” Sadiye asks, before answering her own question: “Because the only one that stood up to them was Selahattin. Due to the fact that they were scared of Selahattin they threw him in jail.”
Jailed painter Aynur Epli has been sending letters to her cousin incarcerated in an Erzurum prison. The Erzurum jail management has cut out Epli's drawings from the letters on the grounds of their being “obscene.”
The Istanbul police department has displayed 256 tons of counterfeit alcoholic beverages in the garden of the police headquarters located on Vatan Avenue. A total of 80 people have been so far detained, who had allegedly established the largest fake drink production network in the country.
Patriarch Sahak Maşalyan, the new leader of the Armenian Orthodox Christians in Turkey, has said that the population of Armenian community in the country is gradually decreasing. "As the loyal citizens of this country, we'll continue to contribute to Turkey. But, when we have problems, we cannot say that we don't have [them],” Maşalyan said during an interview to the newspaper Milliyet that was published on Dec. 14.
The governor's office in the southern province of Adana has cited “terror threat” as the reason for cancelling an annual festival. The festival's name was previously changed from “World Rakı Festival” to “Adana Kebap and Şalgam Festival” due to complaints from Islamic groups, but the event continues to be known popularly by its original name.
A councillor for the main opposition CHP has likened the debt of the Istanbul municipality to that of the Ottoman Empire. “Young Turkish Republic had paid the Ottoman's debt. And we will be the ones who will pay the AKP's debts,” Tarık Balyalı said during city council budget discussions on Dec. 13. Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu had said in November that the city had a debt of 28 billion Turkish Liras ($4.81 billion).