|  
  |  
  |  
  |  
  |  
  |  
  |  
  |  
17 April 2014, Thursday
 
 
Today's Zaman
 
 
 
 

Investigation launched over unsanctioned Republic Day rally

(PHOTO: AA)
30 October 2012, Tuesday /TODAYSZAMAN.COM
The Ankara Public Prosecutor's Office on Tuesday launched an investigation into a banned rally held on Monday in the Turkish capital to mark the 89th anniversary of the Turkish Republic.

Waving Turkish flags and carrying banners portraying the country's founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, a group of nearly 20,000 people gathered for the rally in front of the first parliament building in defiance of a ban imposed by the Ankara Governor's Office on the grounds that “some groups may seek to incite anarchy in the country.”

The alternative, unofficial celebration was organized by a group of more than 30 civil society organizations led by the Youth Union of Turkey (TGB), known for their ideological proximity to the socialist Workers' Party (İP). The rally, which was also attended by main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and people from some minor leftist parties, highlighted the longstanding division between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and secular opposition groups including the CHP.

Groups arriving in buses from other cities to join the rally were initially stopped by the police at checkpoints around Ankara, but following mediation by some CHP deputies, the buses were allowed into the city. As they had previously announced, the demonstrators, including the CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu and some CHP deputies, wanted to march to Atatürk's mausoleum to pay their respects. Initially, the police did not allow the rally participants to march in that direction, and used tear gas and water cannons to try to break up the demonstration. After about half an hour, however, the police removed the barricades and allowed protestors to continue on to Anıtkabir.

Speaking at the parliamentary group meeting of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) on Tuesday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan slammed the CHP leader for attending the banned rally instead of the official celebrations held in Ankara's hippodrome and accused the protestors of terrorizing the city's streets.

“Those celebrating Republic Day at the hippodrome carried nothing other than Turkish flags and posters of Atatürk. We could be together there,” Erdoğan said, calling on the CHP leader to be more sensible and pay respect to the spirit of the republic.

“I hope Turkey will never experience such an incident again,” Erdoğan said referring to the clashes between police and protestors which cast a shadow over the Republic Day celebrations.

 
 
NATIONAL  Other Titles
Chief ombudsman laments low implementation of KDK recommendations
'Banning social media disaster for any government's global image'
Nana Zeyini dies at age of 120
Turkey's Gül says candidacy in presidential election not yet settled
92,000 die of cancer each year in Turkey
Ministerial bureaucrats purged after being profiled by MİT
Purges in police force leading to higher crime rate
Four-year-old dies after being found with slit throat, wrist
Report: Naval command allegedly profiles personnel
PM avoids suing critics of corruption out of fear ‘truth may come out'
Armenian Akdamar church restoration nears completion
Ruling AK Party to determine presidential candidate toward end of May
Probe launched into Afyonkarahisar explosion on suspicion of terrorism
Legal complaint issued over Mazhar Bağlı’s hate speech
American journalism school offers free online training in Turkish
AK Party deputies pass MİT law article-by-article despite warnings
AK Party government punishing reassigned police officers
Commemorations for former President Özal, supporter of Turkish schools abroad
Gag order on case file in Yazıcıoğlu's death lifted
Erdoğan threatens judges, prosecutors in party group speech
Opposition leaders say PM turning Turkey into intelligence state
Opposition CHP leader likens Erdoğan to Hitler, Mussolini
Nearly 90 police officials purged in southeast Turkey
Nearly 280 police officers reassigned in four provinces
Twitter executives meet with Turkey's President Gül
...
Bloggers