Sabah: “Festival of youths and tanks,” read the headline of a front-page article in the daily yesterday, referring to the May 19 Commemoration of Atatürk and Youth and Sports Day celebrations on Sunday, which, for the first time, were not held in stadiums but in the streets, with greater public participation.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Saturday that tanks no longer roll in through streets on this day but youths and that all people celebrate this festival joyfully.
Taraf: “Stop, my son is there. Don’t be afraid, it’s a warning shot,” said the daily in the headline of its main story on Sunday, reporting on dialogue between the father of one of the 34 civilians mistakenly killed by Turkish military jets on the Turkish-Iraqi border last year and the master sergeant at the Gülyazı military outpost in Uludere. Ubeydullah Encü, the father of 13-year-old Muhammed, warned the master sergeant that the military should stop bombing the group of people walking on the border because they were civilians, not terrorists; however, the master sergeant told the father it was only a warning shot and there was no need for panic. Just minutes after their conversation, military jets killed all 34 civilians, said the daily.
Milliyet: “First two articles, first two crises,” wrote the daily in the headline of its main story yesterday, reporting that political parties have entered their first two crises over the first two articles of the new constitution they are currently drafting. The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) objected to a demand by the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) for a reference to equality no matter an individual’s sexual orientation in the first two articles on the grounds that it would allow for same-sex marriage.