Turkish police detained dozens of people on Oct. 13 in a search for 167 suspects, many of them active duty soldiers, in an operation against the Gülen movement. Since the abortive putsch of July 15, 2016, some 80,000 people have been held pending trial and about 150,000 civil servants, military personnel and others sacked or suspended.
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has slammed journalist Barış Terkoğlu over a column he penned regarding the minister's links to religious groups on Oct. 12. "I haven't received education from any faith group. I would've said if I did. Everyone knows that I read a lot in the past. Islam can't be learned in the filthy gatherings that you got your ideology," Soylu said. "I'm not a man breastfed by embassies," he added.
A report prepared by the CHP has put forward the changes in the stances of President Erdoğan and his AKP on China's treatment of the Uyghurs. While Erdoğan referred to China's treatment of the Uyghurs in 2009 as a genocide, the trade between the two countries nowadays has made the government fear from economic consequences if it takes a firm stance on the East Turkestan issue.
Turkish opposition parties have been working on a wide ranging alliance program that will include promises on various issues, including a return to the parliamentary system. The promises will also include enhancing the justice system and freedoms. Nearly all of the opposition parties have been working on constitutional changes in line with the return to the parliamentary system, sources said.
Murat Yetkin writes: Next month, it will be the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) 18th year in power. The startling statement of a young garbage collector, “I have no dreams,” in response to a TV reporter’s question about his dreams for the future, could give us an idea about where 'justice' and 'development' aspects of President Erdoğan's party have gone.
Dinçer Demirkent writes: While the state of emergency has ended, its effects are permanent. Rather than instating that the AKP-MHP cannot govern, we ought to generate an effective opposition strategy and cease to assume Turkey is still a democracy. We are in need of a paradigm shift.
Some 46.9 percent of voters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) want Islamic cults in Turkey to be shut down, according to a recent survey. Asked if there should be a government institution that inspects these religious cults and communities, 67.8 percent of AKP voters gave an affirmative answer.
HDP co-chair Mithat Sancar has said that the Turkish government has not yet attempted to shut down the party due to such a move's “political costs” but instead is running a policy of “blocking” and “immobilizing” the party.
AKP deputy Cengiz Aydoğdu has admitted that "something happened" when asked about the incident of throwing of two Kurdish men from a military helicopter in the eastern province of Van. "Yes, something happened and the prosecutor's office launched a probe," Aydoğdu said in a speech in parliament on Oct. 7.
Two women in the Haliliye district of Turkey's southeastern Şanlıurfa province were registered as members of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) without their knowledge, a relative said. “My mother and sister-in-law said that they did not give their identity information to anyone. My mother does not know Turkish, and she is not able to read or write," the son said.
A court in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa has arrested a man over a TikTok video in which he is seen marketing mafia-like services. The man named Baran Kejanlı is heard in the video saying that he would be of help to anyone who “have their money stolen” or who “cannot have their issues resolved at the court.”
Erdoğan says he supports nationalist ally’s calls for overhauling top court, reinstatement of death penalty
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that he supports his nationalist ally Devlet Bahçeli's calls for the restructuring of the Constitutional Court and the reinstatement of death penalty. Erdoğan said that if the parliament were to draft legislations with regards to these two issues, he would sign into them.
The Turkish government is considering lowering the 10 percent election threshold, as a commission set up to look into various electoral systems continue its efforts. The AKP may lower the threshold for the parties competing in elections without being in alliances and keeping it at 10 percent for alliances, sources told Duvar.
A women's organization requested Turkish parliament to enforce Istanbul Convention during the upcoming legislative year that will start on Oct. 1. The NGO requested that parliament translate into Turkish a 2018 action report by the Istanbul Convention action group (GREVIO) to begin with.
Turkish Parliament speaker Mustafa Şentop has said that he believes in reintroduction of death penalty for certain crimes, a proposal suggested by far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli earlier in September. "I am of the opinion that death penalty could be considered for premediated murder and sexual abuses committed against minors and women,” Şentop said on Sept. 29.