A man dressed in an Ottoman outfit offers carnations to tourists in Sultanahmet Square as part of celebrations marking the 559th anniversary of the conquest of İstanbul on May 29, 1453.
Yeni Şafak: “The most powerful wave,” declared the daily in its lead story’s headline, referring to the latest wave of detentions that were part of the investigation into the Feb. 28, 1997 coup. The story said that with these latest developments, the investigation has reached the former commanding echelon of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), which included a number of retired force commanders and generals, including former gendarmerie commander retired Gen. Teoman Koman, former Land Forces commander retired Gen. Hikmet Köksal.
Radikal: “Death street,” said the paper’s lead story in its headline, showing a photo of more than 100 bodies being buried together in a street between two buildings. At least 108 people, many of them children, were killed on Friday in the restive town of Houla in Syria, where an uprising has been raging for 15 months. Speaking to the daily, opposition activists said that with the region still under siege, they could not take the bodies to the graveyard but had to bury them in the street. The story also said the scene of bodies being buried in the street had previously been seen in 1993, when the Srebrenica massacre took place in Bosnia.
Akşam: “That silent woman is my mother,” said the headline of the paper’s top story, covering a speech given by Rezan Yeşilbaş, who won the 2012 Palme d’Or for the best short film category for his movie “Sessiz -- Be Deng” at the Cannes Film Festival. Speaking after receiving his award, Yeşilbaş said the story behind the movie was based on his mother, who had to remain silent when visiting her husband in prison because she spoke Kurdish, not Turkish, and it was once forbidden to speak Kurdish in Turkey’s prisons.