Star: “Stop the firefighters, let it burn,” headlined the paper’s major article. Van Mayor Bekir Kaya has been detained in an operation as part of an investigation into a terrorist organization. Recent news state Kaya prevented firefighters from reaching the scene when a fire erupted in several state buildings during a demonstration by Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) sympathizers in Van on May 19, 2011. A security camera recorded Kaya sending the firefighters back to the fire station. According to the article, Kaya tried to create a tense atmosphere ahead of illegal demonstrations.
Bugün: “Even their dreams are in Turkish,” headlined a front-page story referring to foreign students who have come to Turkey for the 10th Turkish Language Olympiad. Tuncay Öztürk, secretary-general of the International Turkish Education Association (TÜRKÇEDER), which organizes the annual Olympiad, has told the daily that the students have learned the Turkish language so well that they are even dreaming in Turkish. “We don’t set a goal of ‘becoming a state president’ or such. We only want students in Turkish schools abroad to become people of good character. This is what matters to us.”
Yeni Şafak: “Stop standing guard in front of morgues and help us with a solution,” said the daily’s lead story in its headline, quoting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who was referring to the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), both of which did not attend a recent meeting between the ruling and main opposition parties to discuss the Kurdish issue. They should give up exploiting our martyrs and the funerals of terrorists, he said.