Press Roundup

Press Roundup

February 24, 2012, Friday/ 17:18:00

A group of Greenpeace protesters wearing cow costumes held a demonstration against genetically modified organisms. The protest aimed to draw attention to a campaign against GMOs titled “We won’t buy your GMOs!”

 Zaman: “I promise to shed light on these cold-blooded murders,” read the headline of the main story, quoting German Chancellor Angela Merkel. On Thursday, Germany paid tribute to victims of a neo-Nazi terror cell with a ceremony in Berlin, where companies, public institutions and schools across Germany also held a minute of silence at noon on Thursday to commemorate the victims. Speaking at the ceremony, Merkel described the series of murders as an “attack” on Germany and a “disgrace for our country.”

 Bugün: “KCK a trap designed for Kurds,” said the headline of the top story, reporting on statements of İbrahim Güçlü, a Kurdish politician and the founder of the Rights and Freedoms Party (HAK-PAR). Speaking previously about intra-organization killings by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to prevent the voice of the opposition from speaking out, Güçlü this time said the Kurdish Communities Union (KCK), an umbrella group that allegedly encompasses the PKK, criminalizes politics and is a trap designed for Kurds. He said all of the people who killed soldiers were also members of the KCK.

 Sabah: “Nine petitions could not save her life,” was the headline of the lead story, reporting on two high school students who were killed in an armed attack by a man who opened fire on a school bus with a pump rifle in Kadirli, Osmaniye province, on Wednesday. The man committed suicide on Thursday in the yard of the school the girls were attending. The daily relayed the words of one of the two students’ fathers, who said: “The man [murderer] was always coming to our house. We have filed nine complaints in the last two years, but the state did not even try to protect my daughter.”