Turkish Press Review - Friday, March 14, 2014

Turkish dailies cover the death of a 22-year-old who died in protests following the funeral of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan

Turkish dailies cover the death of a 22-year-old who died in protests following the funeral of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan

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Most Turkish dailies on Friday covered the death of a 22-year-old man who died during Wednesday's protests in Istanbul, as well as the Turkish PM calling for an end to street protests.

STAR, HURRIYET, VATAN covered the death of 22-year-old Burak Can Karamanoglu who died during protests in Istanbul following the burial of a teenager who died after being injured in Gezi protests last year. The dailies presented the event with headlines, such as “Forgive us Burak Can” (STAR), “Pain over pain” (VATAN), “Pointless death” (HURRIYET). They also reported on Turkish PM Erdogan calling the nation to stop provoking street protests and accusing protesters of planning to “sabotage” the upcoming municipal elections in Turkey.

Burak Can Karamanoglu, 22, was shot dead when a scuffle between two groups turned into an armed fight in the Istanbul neighborhood of Okmeydani during the nationwide protests over the death of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan.

STAR uses the headline “Forgive us Burak Can” reporting that Turkey now mourns the death of Burak Can.

HURRIYET quotes Burak Can’s father, who says “It is a pointless death. I have nothing to do with the right or left. All of us are Turks, we have one homeland. We do not approve such incidents.”

YENI SAFAK uses the headline “Do not provoke the streets” as Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that those who were not successful in starting a coup are now trying to get what they want by "terrorizing the streets."

AKSAM's front page reads “A sabotage plan in the work.” According to the newspaper, there is a plan to manipulate the upcoming municipal elections which are to be held on March 30. The plan is to be specifically noticed in regions where the currently ruling Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) polls are high.

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