The management of a jail in the eastern Turkish province of Elazığ is pressuring political prisoners to wear an ID card reading “convicted of terrorism.” HDP MP Gergerlioğlu submitted a parliamentary question regarding the issue, asking Justice Minister Gül on what kind of a legal regulation the jail “justifies” its implementation.
Turkish state railways (TCDD) has increased monthly train membership card prices by up to 400 percent, causing outcry on social media. According to Turkey's United Transportation Union (BTS), the government plans to privatize the state railways, which is why they went for these price hikes. "They started to implement price hikes so that [TCDD] won't be at a loss when they transfer it over to the private sector," said an official from the union.
Despite the fact that armored police vehicles can be found every 100 meters in Istanbul's Gazi neighborhood, youth street gangs run wild in the area. Residents are of the opinion that the gangs are "being protected" by the authorities.
A 6.8-magnitude earthquake on Jan. 24 jolted the eastern Turkish province of Elazığ. Twenty-five people were killed in Elazığ and four more in the neighboring province of Malatya, the country's disaster agency said, adding 1,466 others were injured.
A couple -- one of whom is a former public servant who was dismissed from his job by a government decree -- has been trying for months to sell their house due to financial difficulties. As the sacked employee is classified "in the risk group" in the deed directorate system, the sale cannot be actualized. HDP MP Gergerlioğlu submitted a parliamentary question regarding this issue, asking how authorities decide if someone is in "the risk group" or not.
Islamist writer Abdurrahman Dilipak has said that marijuana is not harmful and can be used a preventative measure to steer people away from more harmful drugs, in a column for the daily Akit newspaper on Jan. 23. "The criminal risk potential of marijuana is very low, as is the biological risk. You know, they say 'the hair of the dog that bits you,' could marijuana be a solution to save [people] from drugs?" he wrote.
Two improvised explosive devices went off in the early hours of Jan. 23 in the central Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, the Governor's Office said. The devices were placed at the entrance of two apartment buildings, shattering the windows of an apartment nearby.
Turkey was shaken with multiple earthquakes on Jan. 22 and Jan. 23, with the western province of Manisa witnessing over 160 aftershocks following a 5.4-magnitude earthquake. A short while later, the capital Ankara was also hit by a 4.5-magnitude earthquake. No casualties were reported.
AKP group deputy chair Mehmet Muş has submitted a draft bill to the parliament seeking to grant watchmen the authority to ask identification from people and detain them. The AKP's move came in the wake of two court rulings which said that the watchmen do not have the “authority to ask for identification as per their job definition.”
The Turkish drama producer Ay Yapım has refuted the claims that their new TV series 'Babil' – which centers around a sacked university professor – was being investigated for allegedly “making propaganda” on behalf of the Gülen movement. Following its first episode on Jan. 17, the new series became a hot topic on social media, with several users suggesting that the hardships that the main character faces are parallel to those experienced by Turkey's sacked civil servants.
The Istanbul Municipality has announced that within 20 years there will be no space left in the city to bury the dead. “A solution needs to be found, and the best solution is to ensure that they are transported to Anatolia,” the municipality's cemeteries bureau head Dr. Ayhan Koç said.
Residents of the Gürgen village in the Black Sea province of Rize's Güneysu district--the hometown of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's father--protested against the construction of a hydroelectric powerplant. “The operation here is against the law and has no legal basis, leave our village, we will not give you permission to take our land and destroy our river,” the villagers said.
The death of a religious cult member has prompted response from Turkey's Justice and Interior Minister. Çevik was killed while trying to negotiate a solution in a financial controversy between two families, said the International Muslim Scholars' Solidarity Association (UMAD). "I am so sad... The death of a scholar is the death of a universe," said Interior Minister Soylu in his tweet while Justice Minister Gül echoed his words.
Turkey's Forensic Medicine Department, connected to the Justice Ministry, has been infiltrated by members of the Gülen organization, an employee of the department has claimed. Dr. Nevzat Alkan, who has worked in the department since 1993, claims that Gülenists, the main suspect behind the 2016 coup attempt, infiltrated the department because their reports are crucial to lawsuit proceedings.
Unknown assailants have broken into Istanbul's Pir Sultan Abdal Cemevi, spraying threats on its walls and ground such as "It is not over" and "Die." Authorities on Jan. 20 announced that an investigation was launched into the incident.