President Erdoğan has said that the southeastern border province of Şırnak has the same advantages as the other 80 provinces. "What exists in Turkey's 80 other provinces in the name of democracy, rights and freedoms exists here. We serve on the basis of democracy and development for everyone. We have been doing in Şırnak whatever we have been doing for Turkey's development since we came to power," Erdoğan said.
Former CHP deputy Enis Berberoğlu's lawyers have applied once again for a retrial days after a local court ignored a top court ruling unconstitutionally in his case, but the appeal was rejected once again. Berberoğlu's lawyer Yiğit Acar took the case to Istanbul 15th Heavy Penal Court days after the 14th one ignored the Constitutional Court ruling that paved the way for his client's retrial.
A local court on Oct. 13 rejected former CHP deputy Enis Berberoğlu's demand for a retrial despite a previous top court ruling. CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu slammed the decision, saying that everyone needs to abide by the constitution. "The constitution binds us all, but a local court says it won't abide by it. So, a citizen can say, 'I'm not going to pay taxes.' This forms the basis of chaos," Kılıçdaroğlu said.
Noam Chomsky has called for the immediate release of Osman Kavala. "The European Court of Human Rights has demanded that he be released. Now we should all strongly support that demand. Kavala should be released immediately and such criminal acts of state repression should never be tolerated," Chomsky said.
Ayhan Bilgen has criticized the HDP over various issues and called for a change within the party. "The only option is to lean towards change that would solve its internal problems, rebuild itself, abandoning the routine way of doing politics and to seek a way that would render prejudices useless and break the routine," Bilgen said. "Determining candidates with nepotism would make the party rot and make it vulnerable to interventions," he added.
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.
Vecdi Erbay writes: Nowadays opposition leaders come to Diyarbakır at every opportunity, and talk about the right to mother-tongue education, freedom, justice, and the appointed leaders. They pledge to solve these problems. Diyarbakır residents take this into consideration and then see how long they stand behind their words. Due to this cautious mentality, Babacan was not met with great enthusiasm in Diyarbakır.
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.
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.
MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli has called for the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic to be a part of Azerbaijan. Deeming Armenia a "killer and terror state," Bahçeli said that the Nakhchivan's inclusion in Azerbaijan "is a must, a historical obligation and an urgent need." "It's a matter of life and death," Bahçeli said.
An 8-year-old child has died after falling from the roof when trying to access internet to attend remote education in Istanbul. Çınar Mert from Istanbul's Esenyurt district was having problems in securing an internet connection necessary to attend classes when his father went up to the roof to solve the problem. The child followed his father and fell when his foot slipped. "How is education free and equal for all?" his father asked.
The HDP on Oct. 1 staged a sit-in in front of parliament to criticize the government's crackdown on their party. Earlier HDP co-chairs Pervin Buldan and Mithat Sancar made a press statement in parliament's garden, saying that the government's aim is politics and Turkey without the HDP. A number of CHP deputies visited the sit-in protest to show solidarity.
Turkey's crackdown on the HDP continued on Oct. 1, with police detaining the co-mayor of the eastern province of Kars, as well as party members. The detentions came after Kars Co-Mayor Ayhan Bilgen, who was detained in the operation on Sept. 25, said on Sept. 30 that he will resign and that five parties in the city's municipal council can form a new administration.