İYİ Party deputy Hasan Subaşı has said that the government wants to rouse nationalist tendencies within the İYİ Party and the CHP by demonizing the HDP. "I don't think the CHP would fall for this trap with its experience. As the İYİ Party, we are prone to getting more excited over our national sensitivities, but we are more experienced now," he said.
Kurdish issue-focused Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) began its Democracy March on June 15 under heavy police presence and detentions. At least 10 people were detained in Istanbul's Silivri when police dispersed HDP members heading to Edirne for the march. Tear gas and rubber bullets were also used.
The AKP instructed Turkey's National Intelligence Agency (MİT) not to provide the army with information regarding military officers dismissed over their ties to the movement of the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, according to former army chief İlker Başbuğ's lawyer İlkay Sezer.
CHP deputy Mehmet Bekaroğlu criticized the Turkey Wealth Fund (TVF) over not being transparent enough, saying that the fund "was becoming a parallel state." "It is really heading toward a parallel state, a parallel financial power. This is not right, and neither you nor the country benefit from it,” Bekaroğlu said during the meeting.
Many Turkish families have complained that they have not yet received the 1,000 Turkish liras of Covid-19 financial aid promised by the government, although it has been weeks since they filed their application. “Are you [the gov't] going to give [the money] or not? Please take a look [at the application] and provide me with a clear result. As a citizen of this country, I want to benefit if I have the right to do so,” wrote one person on the internet.
Turkey accuses Twitter of protecting ‘terrorists’ after company removes gov’t-linked propaganda accounts
Turkey has accused Twitter of trying to protect "terrorists" and "redesign Turkish politics" after the company took down accounts linked to the AKP for pushing propaganda, spreading misinformation and attacking critics of the government. "We would like to remind this company of the eventual fate of a number of organizations, which attempted to take similar steps in the past," Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said.
Twitter disclosed on June 11 three new state-linked information operations that have been taken place on its platform this year, including one in Turkey that's linked to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). "Based on our analysis of the network's technical indicators and account behaviors, the collection of fake and compromised accounts was being used to amplify political narratives favorable to the AKP, and demonstrated strong support for President Erdoğan," Twitter said.
Bank transactions of fugitive prosecutor Zekeriya Öz, who is a staunch supporter of the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, are under scrutiny in Turkey, as prosecutors found millions of dollars in one of his bank accounts as part of a probe that looks into his relations with Iranian drug lord Naji Sharifi Zindashti.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has ruled out months-long rumors on early elections, saying that all the parties need to wait for the scheduled 2023. "Why would we hold early elections? The elections will be held in 2023, they will wait. Everyone should plan accordingly," Erdoğan said, adding that the law on political parties and elections need to be amended in line with the presidential system.
US criticizes Turkey for deportations, entry bans of non-Muslims in its report on religious freedoms
The U.S. has criticized Turkey over deportations and entry bans of non-Muslims in its report on religious freedoms. The State Department cited community sources as saying that some of the deportations and entry bans during the year targeted foreign-citizen members of the community who had lived legally, as long-term residents, in the country for decades and who had previously not experienced any immigration difficulties.
Former army chief İlker Başbuğ was summoned to testify over his remarks on the political leg of the movement of the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen - an ally-turned-foe of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Following his remarks in February, six deputies sued Başbuğ upon President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's orders.
The government seeks to hide the trial into President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's relatives' transactions to an off-shore company in the Isle of Man from public eye, Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputies said in their objection to a judicial package currently discussed in parliament. "A confidentiality order may be imposed on the Isle of Man case on concerns that it will effect the government," it said.
The Kurdish issue-focused Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) is set to meet with non-governmental organizations, opinion leaders and locals during its "democracy march" to the capital Ankara. The party will also talk about its document on a "joint struggle" that it announced on June 1.
Former Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım is reportedly seeking to become the vice president when a change in the cabinet takes place, contrary to the rumors on his will to become a parliament speaker. Yıldırım has been off duty ever since the Istanbul elections were won decisively by the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP).
The government may be preparing to take steps against social peace, main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Erdoğan Toprak said on the calls to shut Kurdish issue-focused Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) down, as he pointed to the fact that the calls took place simultaneously with the appointment of Bekir Şahin as the chief public prosecutor of the Court of Cassation by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.