The protesters who occupied central Istanbul and filled streets and squares nationwide in the past month have made it clear what they’re against: Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government. The country’s main opposition party admits it has yet to offer them something to support.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s crackdown on anti-government protests in western Turkey may make it harder for him to offer concessions to Kurds in the southeast, where he’s trying to end a three-decade war.
Huseyin Celik, deputy chairman of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development party, denied opposition demands for early elections and said the country won’t bow to financial speculators seeking to profit from the unrest.
A group that released sex videos, which led to the resignation of four Turkish Nationalist Action Party politicians gave the party’s leader Devlet Bahceli until May 18 to resign, according to Haberturk newspaper.
Turkey’s top four generals stepped down, the first such mass resignation in the country’s history, amid tensions with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan over alleged military plots to undermine his government.
Turkish police detained 18 people suspected of planning attacks during a June 6 rally by the Nationalist Action Party in the southeast, the Sabah newspaper reported without saying where it got the information.
Fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, killed at least seven Turkish soldiers in clashes in eastern Turkey, triggering renewed sparring between the government and the opposition over anti-terrorism policies.