Ahmet Murat Aytaç writes: The recent inhumane attack against migrant workers that took place in the Mazıdağı district of Sakarya should be analyzed within the framework of economic oppression. No matter what triggered the assaults, the general tendency in Turkey right now is to deny the ethnic dimension of the conflict.
Broadcast ban placed on reports about arrest of Turkish Islamic cult leader charged with sexual harassment
A broadcast ban has been imposed by prosecutors on news reports concerning the arrest of Eyüp Fatih Şağban, the leader of the Uşşaki Islamic cult who was arrested earlier this month on charges of sexually harassing a 12-year-old girl. Voice recordings of Şağban speaking to the girl's father surfaced in which the sect leader pleads with the father to keep quiet about the matter.
Animal breeders in Turkey are struggling with increased production costs amid the pandemic, worried about the lasting effects of forex-indexed prices. While increased food, electricity and gas prices threaten business beyond the traditional Eid al-Adha feast, some breeders have already gone out of business.
Explosion in truck carrying fireworks from factory that was rocked by a deadly blast last week kills 3 soldiers
An explosion in a truck carrying fireworks killed three people and wounded 12 others in the northwestern province of Sakarya on July 9. The truck was transporting fireworks from a factory in the province that was also rocked by a blast on July 3 for their disposal.
The main opposition CHP’s proposal calling for an investigation into last week's deadly explosion at a Sakarya fireworks factory has been rejected by the votes of the AKP and MHP lawmakers.
One of the owners of a fireworks factory in Turkey's Sakarya province has been arrested as part of an investigation into an explosion that left seven people dead last week. State-run Anadolu Agency said that the two owners were father and son, and the father was released under judicial control.
CHP leader slams MÜSİAD for hosting factory owner after deadly blast, says ‘You’re feeding on human flesh’
CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has slammed Turkey's Independent Industrialists and Businessmen's Association (MÜSİAD) for hosting the owner of a factory a day after seven workers were killed in a blast. "MÜSİAD head and the factory's owner met at a dinner even before the burials and shared pictures of it on social media. You're feeding on human flesh," he said.
The death toll from July 3 explosions at a fireworks factory in northwestern Turkey rose to seven, said the local governor's office. A total of four suspects were detained after prosecutors issued arrest warrants, including the factory manager in charge and two foremen on July 4, and an occupational safety specialist on July 5.
A large explosion rocked a fireworks factory in the Hendek district of the northwestern province of Sakarya at around 11:15 a.m. on July 3 and four workers were killed and 108 workers were hospitalized. Fire department teams weren't able to intervene in the fire for a long time since explosions continued to take place.
A man who threatened to sexually assault Başak Demirtaş on Twitter was released after being kept under arrest for just one day. Vedat M., who was arrested on June 16 in the northern province of Sakarya, was released after his lawyer objected to the decision. In his testimony, Vedat M. said that he made the threat while he was drunk and "in response to the insults against martyrs and their wives," referring to soldiers killed in the fight against the PKK.
A court has detained a man for sexually harassing former Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş's wife Başak Demirtaş on social media. Thousands of Twitter users sent messages of support to Demirtaş with the hashtag, "We stand with Başak Demirtaş." Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül also condemned the incident.
Halis Bayancuk -- believed to be ISIS' most senior operative in Turkey -- was re-arrested on April 9, upon an appeal of prosecutors, just hours after a court ruled to free him. The re-arrest order came after the decision to release Bayancuk caused an uproar among Turkish citizens.