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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 ADANA 0001 SIPDIS E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: PREL, PINS, PGOV, PHUM, TU, IZ, ADANA, Press Summaries SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY, JAN 1-2, 2002 1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary for January 1-2, 2003. Please note that Turkish press reports often contain errors or exaggerations; AmConsulate Adana does not vouch for the accuracy of the reports summarized here. POLITICS, SECURITY, HUMAN RIGHTS -------------------------------- 2. BAYKAL OPPOSES U.S. MILITARY PRESENCE IN THE SOUTHEAST (Hurriyet) Deniz Baykal, leader of Turkey's only opposition party, the Republican People's Party - CHP, criticized the lack of (government) policies that take Turkish interests into consideration. "Two armies, two headquarters, two flags and five years. This is very dangerous. Turkey's security may be endangered," he warned. 3. CONTINUED MILITARY BUILD-UP ALONG IRAQI BORDER (Cumhuriyet) As time nears for the possible U.S. operation against Iraq, increased military activities are being observed in the Southeast, especially in Silopi (Sirnak), easiest access point to Iraq. Food and military materials are being transferred to units deployed along the Iraqi border. Cumhuriyet newspaper reported that trains are transporting military vehicles hidden under camouflage cover from Gaziantep to Ceylanpinar (Sanliurfa) and Nusaybin (Mardin). Electricity is turned off as soon as the trains arrive in Nusaybin. 4. ANTI-WAR PROTESTS (Bolge) A group of merchants and producers at Mersin's Anamur Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Complex protested the possible U.S. operation against Iraq by displaying anti-war banners and blowing horns. Evrensel reported the Mersin Labor Platform has intensified its efforts for its anti-war rally on January 25. The platform will organize a series of anti-war activities prior to the rally. A petition drive will take effect on January 11, with platform components issuing press releases. In addition, the Gaziantep Labor Platform declared it would not remain silent to war and the government's Emergency Action Plan. In a meeting attended by labor unions and mass organizations, Tum Bel-Sen Labor Union President Yusuf Sahinler announced having made a decision to stage an anti-war rally. Also, Sehmus Akbas, President of the Diyarbakir Industrialists and Businessmen's Association (DISIAD), said involvement in a war against Iraq would take a lot from the (Southeastern) region. 5. HADEP OFFICIALS CONVICTED FOR "ILLEGAL DEMONSTRATION" (Cumhuriyet) The Siirt Court of General Criminal Jurisdiction convicted ten of the 40 people, including Siirt People's Democracy Party (HADEP) officials, for "holding illegal protest demonstrations." They had protested the January 25, 2001 disappearance in custody of HADEP Silopi (Sirnak) officials Serdar Tanis and Ebubekir Deniz. HADEP provincial chairman Ahmet Konuk and nine HADEP officials were sentenced to prison terms of one year and nine months. 6. BANNED KURDISH-LANGUAGE NEWSPAPER IN DIYARBAKIR (Evrensel) Kurdish-language newspaper Azadiya SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY, J Welat (Free Homeland), previously banned under the State of Emergency (OHAL), is now being sold on Diyarbakir's busiest streets. OHAL was abolished in Diyarbakir and Sirnak on November 30. 7. RAPE VICTIM THREATENED TO WITHDRAW APPLICATION TO ECHR (Evrensel) Fifty-nine-year-old Adana resident Kaze Ozlu, who claimed police raped her with a truncheon in 1999, alleged she had been threatened by police to withdraw her application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Kaze had filed suit against responsible police officers, but carried the case over to ECHR when domestic legal avenues yielded no positive results. Kaze added she had filed complaints with the Adana Prosecutor's Office, which she said did not respond. 8. ELECTRICITY THIEVES ATTACK TEDAS OFFICIALS' VEHICLES (Hurriyet) In Hatay, unidentified assailants damaged Turkish Electricity Distribution Corporation (TEDAS) officials' vehicles while TEDAS officials were out to investigate illegal use of electricity in 19 homes. Vehicle windows were broken and tires cut. The rate of electricity abuse is around 22% in the province. 9. AKBANK'S ADANA BRANCH ROBBED (All papers) Robbers, two bank employees among them, broke into the Adana Central branch of Akbank on December 30, tearing down the wall of the underground car park and stealing over TL 600 billion (approx. USD 360,000). 10. HAKKARI HADEP OFFICIAL UNDER INVESTIGATION (Evrensel) The Hakkari Prosecutor's Office launched an investigation against Hatice Demir, President of Hakkari's central district chapter of the People's Democracy Party (HADEP), for attendance as a member of the audience in the December 19 press conference held at the Hakkari chapter of the Human Rights Association (HRA) to mark the anniversary of prison operations. Demir is charged with "violation of the Meetings and Demonstrations Law number 2911." Demir called the investigation " funny and nonsense." 11. ELECTRICITY THIEVES INDICTED (Turkiye) As part of the government's determination to end illegal use of electricity, 237 Diyarbakir illegal users of electricity have been arrested and indicted for stealing state property over the past three months. If convicted, the defendants may be sentenced to prisons terms ranging from three to five years. Similar deterrent measures will expand across the country. 12. SURVEY SAYS THERE IS TORTURE IN SMALL-INCOME FAMILIES (Cumhuriyet) A survey jointly carried out by the Mersin Independent Women's Association, the Women's Consultation Association, the Ankara Women's Solidarity Association and the Diyarbakir-based Women's Center Ka-Mer on 280 women in Mersin indicated intense domestic violence, especially physical violence, incestuous relations and forced prostitution were common in the province. Psychologist Zehra Tosun said women had been subjected to violence one way or the other, but they tended not to file complaints unless violence reached the point of torture. According to Tosun, the survey revealed the number of women thrown out into streets and forced to live with their relatives had increased. ECONOMIC AND AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENTS -------------------------------------- 13. ATATURK DAM FULLY OPERATIONAL (Turkiye) All eight turbines of Sanliurfa's Ataturk Dam, which meets 1/5 of Turkey's electricity needs, have resumed operation after a respite of two years. Capacity increase was attributed to rainfall over the past month and no pumping of irrigation water to the province's Harran Plain over the past two months. 14. MORE TOURITS VISIT TATVAN (BITLIS) IN 2002 (Evrensel) Tatvan (Bitlis) Tourism Director Kurtulus Acer said the number of foreign and domestic tourists visiting Tatvan increased from 4,315 in 2001 to 7,829 in 2002. 15. PRICE OF FLOUR UP OVER 16% (Evrensel) Erhan Ozmen, President of the Gaziantep-based Southeastern Flour Industrialists Association (GUNSAD), announced a 16.6% increase in the price of flour over the past twenty days. Ozmen said the increase had nothing to do with the possible U.S. operation against Iraq. 16. PISTACHIO PRICES UP ABOUT 100% (Dunya) Over the past year, the price of pistachios has increased between 69.7% and 123.1% in the Southeast, where nearly all of Turkey's pistachios are produced. HOLTZ
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