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Turkish Foreign Ministry characterizes ambassadors’ Kavala call as an ‘ultimatum’

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgiç on Thursday slammed a call made by 10 ambassadors to the country for the release of a Turkish...

Erdoğan inaugurates mosque in central İstanbul on anniversary of protests

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan inaugurated the first mosque in İstanbul's popular Taksim Square on Friday, eight years to the day after protests began...

Erdoğan demonizes Boğaziçi protestors over Islamic symbols like he did at Gezi Park

Serap Demir When then-Turkish Prime Minister and current President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan realized in 2013 that İstanbul's Gezi protests had spread countrywide, he invented a...

Turkey seeks detention of journalist over tweet decrying death of woman killed by ISIL

The İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's office issued a detention warrant for veteran journalist Cengiz Çandar on the charge of praising crime and criminals over...

Turkey’s top court rules activist Kavala’s right to liberty, security not violated

Turkey’s Constitutional Court has ruled by a majority vote that Turkish philanthropist and activist Osman Kavala’s detention has not violated his right to liberty...

German minister calls on Turkey to immediately release jailed activist Kavala

Michael Roth, the minister of state for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office, has urged Turkey to comply with its obligations under the...

Former AKP deputy claims calls for coronavirus lockdown aimed at sparking Gezi-like protests

Metin Külünk, a former deputy from the ruling Justice and Development Party, has claimed that opposition circles asking for a lockdown in Turkey to...

HRW says indictment against Kavala, 15 others over Gezi Park protests ‘baseless’

An indictment accusing civic leader Osman Kavala and 15 others of financing and organizing mass protests in Turkey in 2013 in an attempt to overthrow the...

Turkish university cancels thespian’s appearance over his support for Gezi

Sakarya University has cancelled a play starring thespian Fırat Tanış and justified its action by labeling the artist as “political” and “a supporter of...

Soros foundation to quit activities in Turkey after Erdoğan attack

Billionaire philanthropist George Soros’s Open Society Foundation on Monday announced that it would end its operation in Turkey following accusations made by President Recep...

Report: Kavala, US Consulate’s Topuz accused of Gezi, corruption, coup attempt

The Sabah daily reported on Tuesday that detained human rights activist and prominent businessman Osman Kavala and arrested US Consulate employee Metin Topuz are...

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