A teenager named Ahmet Gündüz was battered by police in the southeastern province of Gaziantep, and was barred from obtaining a medical report by the same officers. The prosecutor's office initially dismissed the criminal complaint regarding the battery, only to back down later upon the mother's appeal.
Turkey's southeastern city of Diyarbakır is nestled in Mesopotamia and has a deep legacy spanning millenniums and civilizations. A recent discovery on the 8000-year-old Amida Höyük archaeological site has unearthed an 1800-year-old heating system that was quite sophisticated for the time.
The health director of the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa warned locals that hot peppers don't protect from coronavirus. The director also said that locals thought the heat protected from the illness, but that both were misconceptions.
A committee of main opposition CHP politicians said that the construction of a visitors' center on southeast Turkey's iconic Mount Nemrut was a betrayal to nature. The CHP committee noted that the site was pending assignment as a UNESCO geopark and that the construction was putting it in jeopardy.
Wife of slain Diyarbakır Bar Association head Tahir Elçi, Türkan Elçi will take part in the criminal case into the assassination as an intern lawyer. Elçi had been studying law before her husband's murder, and finished her studies this year.
Kurdish artist Zehra Doğan's work that she created during her two prison sentences between 2016 and 2019 are on display in Turkey for the first time. The artist was jailed on terrorism charges and gained international fame after finishing her second sentence and holding a show at London's Tate Modern.
A 20-year-old man who migrated to Turkey from Afghanistan was captured by human traffickers in the eastern province of Van, and thrown off the third story of a building in a brawl about money. While the man was taken to the hospital upon neighborhood residents' report, he reportedly didn't receive surgery for two days.
An investigation was launched into the chairman and 26 members of southeast Turkey's Urfa Bar Association over a peaceful protest they held against Turkey's new multiple bar association regulation. While the prosecutor's office claimed the demonstration violated the code of civil gatherings, the chairman said they didn't have any illegal slogans or signs present.
Police detained some 56 people in an Oct. 5 operation in southern Turkey, bringing charges of prostitution for having group sex. Police have monitored some 74 couples across 16 cities, and detained them following a raid on 80 homes.
An American citizen was briefly detained by Turkish police for flying a drone in a restricted area in southeast Turkey. While the Pennsylvania resident said he didn't know the area was restricted and was filming the city walls, he was detained until Oct. 5, and forced to leave his phone and drone in police custody.
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.
GastroAntep's opening ceremony featured a sparse number of chairs that were separated in accordance with social distancing measures, and the wearing of masks was enforced. That didn't stop a feast featuring some of the most beloved regional delicacies from being served. Amid the festivities, the elephant in the room was the country's increasingly-dire coronavirus epidemic that has spread to all major cities.
Opposition slams construction of prison with lake view in Van, says gov’t should address people’s real needs
A group of opposition politicians slammed the construction of a 90-million-lira prison with a lake view in the eastern province of Van which government officials deemed "an investment." The opposition noted that the region has far more pressing needs than prisons and that hundreds of jails have been already built in recent years in Turkey.
Anyone who voluntarily violates COVID-19 isolation despite being infected is committing manslaughter, Diyarbakır Governor Münir Karaloğlu said. The governor's office made criminal complaints about anyone they found to be in violation.
Road signs displaying the Kurdish names for local neighborhoods in southeastern Van's Çaldıran district were taken down by the trustee mayor appointed by Ankara. Turkey's Interior Ministry has replaced more than 45 mayors from the HDP in southeast Turkey since the 2019 local elections.