Turkey's main opposition CHP has said that June 22 will go down in history as a "pitch-dark" one for Turkish democracy and judiciary after sixty bar association heads were not let in Ankara to complete their Defense March. Police officers were on caught camera battering and dragging some of the senior lawyers during a scuffle.
Bilingual Kurdish-Turkish pedestrian crossing signs in the southeastern province of Batman have been replaced with monolingual signs in Turkish by a government-appointed trustee. Ousted HDP co-mayors slammed this move saying the trustee's "animosity towards Kurdish" has been continuing.
Court rules to hold trial into Gülenists’ summoning of Turkish intel chief to testify behind closed doors
Istanbul 23rd Heavy Penal Court on June 22 imposed a publication ban on the trial into the summoning of Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MİT) chief Hakan Fidan to testify by the followers of the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen on Feb. 7, 2012. The testimonies in the case were expected to reveal significant information regarding Turkey's recent history.
A Turkish court has blocked access to forum pages on First Lady Emine Erdoğan's Hermes handbag that created controversy in the country due to its high price. Another topic that the court blocked was on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's son Bilal Erdoğan being confused during a telephone call that was leaked in 2013.
Bar associations in Turkey have said that their march to the capital Ankara is being carried out "against darkness," adding their aim is for the draft bill on changing bars' election systems to be withdrawn. "We are not in darkness, but against it. We're marching against darkness. We hope that our efforts yield results. This country needs bright days and we hope that we'll see them together," Van bar head said.
Turkey's ruling AKP has announced that it will nominate incumbent Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop for the post for another term. Şentop on June 19 told reporters his candidacy had “became definite." The AKP's announcement came a day after Binali Yıldırım dismissed rumors that he would run as a candidate in the election.
The pro-Kurdish HDP has said that the government's "fascist acts" will not stop the party's Democracy March. “You will not be able to stop the HDP's march in any way, under no circumstances. We are the assurance of peace, democracy and freedoms in this country," HDP co-chair Pervin Buldan said on June 19, as the party's convoy stopped at Istanbul's Sultanbeyli district.
The father of NBA center Enes Kanter, a staunch follower of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, has been acquitted of charges that he was a member of the Gülen movement. Mehmet Kanter, the father and a genetics professor in Turkey, was alleged to have supported the Gülenists, the group widely believed to have orchestrated the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt.
Turkey's Constitutional Court has ruled that the former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş's lengthy imprisonment breaches the Constitution as it exceeds the "reasonable duration." Lawyers however have said that Demirtaş will not be released as another case against him keeps the former HDP co-chair imprisoned.
Binali Yıldırım, who resigned from the office of parliamentary speaker in February 2019 to run as the ruling AKP’s candidate in the Istanbul mayoral race, has announced that he is not planning to return to his old post.
Kurdish issue-focused Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) has said that its Democracy March is a call to all powers seeking freedom. "This great will and belief will definitely reach its aim. We saw this great power everywhere," HDK co-spokesperson Sedat Şenoğlu said upon the march's arrival at the southeastern province of Diyarbakır.
The ruling AKP has announced that it ended its "green dot" social media campaign. The move came after the trend quickly turned into a wave of threats targeting female journalists and politicians.
Turkish gov’t ‘planning to open Hagia Sophia to prayers on July 15’ if Council of State gives green light
The ruling AKP is considering to open Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia museum to prayers on July 15, if the Council of State rules in its favor, Habertürk reported. The decision was reportedly taken after surveys showed the public's support in this regard.
DEVA, one of Turkey's newest opposition parties, has said that the government is trampling on the HDP's constitutional rights by attempting to prevent its Democracy March from taking place. “According to the Constitutional Court laws, it is not possible for a demonstration march to be banned just because the opinions and ideas it favors is not embraced by the majority or the ruling party or leads to a discomfort in them,” DEVA's Mustafa Yeneroğlu said in a written statement on June 16.
Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Pervin Buldan has deemed stripping deputies of their parliamentary statuses and sacking mayors from the HDP "a political coup." "This country has been struggling against coups for many years. Millions have stood against the coups. However, what the AKP does is a political coup. It's seizing people's wills," Buldan said.