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).
A court in the southeastern province of Batman ruled that a police intervention that resulted in pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Feleknas Uca's arm being broken was 'justifiable'. The Batman court rejected Uca's lawyers objections and found that the police intervention to stop the conduct of a press statement was within legal grounds.
Vice President Fuat Oktay has said that authorities had transferred the donations which were collected in the aftermath of the July 2016 coup attempt to a Treasury account. Oktay has said that the Solidarity with Martyrs’ Relatives and Veterans Foundation of Turkey will decide on how the relevant donations will be utilized.
A mega yacht once belonging to the inventory of the Turkish navy has been restored and added to the inventory of the Presidency. Vice President Fuat Oktay told the yacht was transferred to the Presidency on March 16. It was previously used by the navy to transport personnel.
The Istanbul-based Freedom of Expression Association has said in a recently prepared report that while the number of websites and domains blocked in Turkey was 80,553 as of 2015, this figure went up to 288,310 as of October 2019. The report said that the Internet censorship in Turkey has reached an "astonishing level."
A meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and 30 metropolitan mayors on Sept. 11 had called for the establishment of an advisory commission set to provide advises on drafting the new local administration law in the country. But, although three months have passed since the meting, no action has been taken regarding this commission, whose members consist of 10 metropolitan mayors.
Parents of the former co-chair of The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtaş were transported to a hospital following an accident on the Çorlu-Edirne Highway. Demirtaş's sister Aygül Demirtaş noted that her family is in good condition. Demirtaş's parents were on their way to visit him in Edirne Prison.
Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that the surge in his ministry's costs was due to the fact that the salaries of the ministry's employees were denominated in foreign currencies. He added that the ministry's budget in 2018 exceeded its limit by 10 million TL due to Northern Cyprus and promotion of Turkey internationally.