Ankara police on July 3 fired tear gas and used shields against bar association heads and lawyers attempting to stage a march in defiance of a government bill seeking to decentralize bar associations. On the same day, another group of bar associations continued their vigil outside parliament, demanding to partake in the Justice Commission's discussions concerning the new legislation. A journalist reporting on the gathering was detained.
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has warned the nation that the novel coronavirus' spread is quite fast. "It is taking time for the cases to decrease," he wrote on Twitter. The minister's statements came as Turkey reported 1,172 new infections and 19 new fatalities from the virus.
The British government on July 3 unveiled a list of safe destinations from where travelers will not be required to self-isolate for 14 days when they enter England. The list covers 59 countries, including Turkey and the measure will take effect from July 10.
Turkey’s Constitutional Court has rejected İYİ Party leader Meral Akşener's application concerning her expulsion from the MHP back in 2016, saying that it did not have the authority to rule on this subject matter.
According to newly surfaced information, Turkey's central bank governor Murat Uysal on May 1 held a phone call with Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell, Turkish media outlets have said. The phone call took place before Turkey secured a swap line with Qatar on May 20, providing some much-needed foreign funding to reinforce its depleted reserves and help steady the Turkish lira.
A report prepared by the Freedom of Expression Association in Turkey has revealed the extent of internet censorship in the country. "We wanted to show the public the unseen part of the iceberg when we were preparing this report. The current order in Turkey is oppressive and restrictive," Prof. Yaman Akdeniz from Istanbul's Bilgi University said.
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.
Bar association heads waiting outside parliament, demanding to be included in gov’t bill discussions
Twenty bar association heads have been waiting outside the parliament building, demanding to partake in Justice Commission discussions over a draft bill seeking to decentralize bar associations. The police encircled the area where bar association heads are waiting with safety strips, confining them to an area of less than 20 square meters.
Amnesty International has said that only the acquittal of all 11 human defenders, who face terrorism charges in a case dubbed ‘Büyükada trial,’ could deliver justice for the activists. The NGO's comment came just a day before an Istanbul court is expected to give a verdict regarding the case.
Turkey’s Health Ministry releases COVID-19 breakdown by patient region, age, gender for the first time
Turkey's Health Ministry has for the first time given a breakdown of the region, age and gender of patients who were diagnosed with COVID-19. The ministry said in its report that Istanbul has registered over half of the cases, with 108,749 patients during the period of March 11 - June 28. The report came as Turkey registered 1,186 new infections and 17 new fatalities on July 2.
The HDP has officially nominated Istanbul lawmaker Erol Katırcıoğlu as parliament speaker, becoming the first party to notify its candidate's name to the parliamentary speaker's office. In June, the ruling AKP had announced that it would nominate incumbent Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop for the post for another term, whereas on July 1 the main opposition CHP said that it would nominate Haluk Koç.
Ankara governor’s office bans demonstrations ahead of bar associations’ planned ‘Great Defense Meeting’
The Ankara governor’s office on July 2 banned all demonstrations and protests in the province for two weeks, citing the fight against the novel coronavirus. The ban came just a day before lawyers' planned “Great Defense Meeting” in the province in defiance of the government's plan to decentralize bar associations.
Turkey's AKP government does not rule out the possibility of withdrawing from Istanbul Convention, an international initiative which was first approved by Ankara in 2012 and aims to combat domestic violence against women. "When our people has such an expectation, we cannot stay indifferent to this. As we have duly signed it, then it would be possible to duly withdraw from it," AKP deputy chair Numan Kurtulmuş said on July 2.
NATO has put a defense plan for Poland and Baltic states into action after Turkey dropped its objections, officials from Lithuania, Poland and France have said. NATO declined to comment directly, saying that it "has plans in place to protect all allies. Those plans are regularly revised and updated."
The Faculty of Business Administration at İzmir's Dokuz Eylül University has launched a disciplinary investigation into a research assistant on the grounds of him not greeting his colleagues at workplace. Önder Canveren filed a complaint with the Ombudsman Institution, which ruled in his favor on April of this year, determining that Canveren was in fact the victim of mobbing.