Students sentenced to eight years for banner in Turkey (Hurriyet)
@2 years ago
"Two students who staged a protest in 2010 to demand free education were sentenced to eight years and five months in prison yesterday by a Turkish court.
The students, Berna Yılmaz and Ferhat Tüzer, unfurled a banner reading: “We want free education, we will get it,” during a meeting between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Roma citizens on March 14, 2010.
Berna Yılmaz and Ferhat Tüzer have already spent one and a half year in jail under arrest. They were released in October 2011, after the previous prosecutor of the case, Kasım İlimoğlu, requested the students’ acquittal, arguing their act was constitutional and fell within the limits of the freedom of expression.
However, Prosecutor Adem Özcan, who replaced İlimoğlu following his appointment to the case, demanded on March 9 that the students, Ferhat Tüzer, Berna Yılmaz and another suspect Utku Aykar, be sentenced on charges of membership of a terrorist organization. Ferhat Tüzer, a mechanical engineering student at Trakya University, Berna Yılmaz, an anthropology student at Ankara University and the other suspect Utku Aykar opened a banner demanding free education during Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s meeting with the Roma community in March 2010.
Tüzer and Yılmaz were subsequently arrested but later released after remaining behind bars for 18 months, while Aykar was tried without arrest.”
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Blast targets police in central Turkey (AJE)
@2 years ago
A suspected car bomb blast outside a police station in central Turkey has reportedly killed an officer and wounded 20 other people on Friday.
Local television network, NTV, and the private Dogan news agency said two assailants who also died tried to ram the vehicle into the police station in the town of Pinarbasi, in the province of Kayseri, triggering a clash with police guards outside the building, setting off a bomb.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the suspicion is likely to fall on the separtist PKK group.”
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US, Turkey to build 600 Blackhawks (Hürriyet)
@2 years ago
"[The American Ambassador to Turkey] said that the U.S. supported Turkey’s ambitious 2023 target to become one of the world’s largest 10 economies…The envoy also said that Turkey and the U.S. should cooperate more in the fields of defense, technology, information and aerospace.”
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French court cancels ‘genocide’ denial bill (Hürriyet)
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”’We hope those who want to make politics over history will have a lesson from this verdict,’ Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu told reporters in a statement after the release of the verdict.”
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