Turkish Press Review
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
ISTANBUL - Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
Dailies on Tuesday covered the gun-fight in a night club where a famous Turkish footballer got shot, the government's determination to restrict May Day protests from Taksim Square and the worker union's insistence on going all the same, and the annulment of local elections in the western city of Yalova after a re-count, following a close election.
Daily VATAN ran the headline "Midnight Cowboys", referring to two gunfights which took place in early Monday morning. A Turkish footballer from Istanbul's Besiktas team, Gokhan Tore, was wounded on his shoulder after someone opened fire, following a brawl. In another shooting, a waiter who was leaving his working place ran into a gunfight and got shot in the head on the street. He was not as lucky as the footballer, and unfortunately died on the scene.
Daily TURKIYE covered police intervention with union members on Monday, when police dispersed a group of union members who intended to march at Gezi Park, near Taksim Square, to read out a statement. The daily said the intention by marching to Taksim is to reignite last summer's nation-wide anti-government "Gezi Protests". During the protests, one was injured and 9 people were detained after the police intervention, for which daily HURRIYET said "even making statement is forbidden in Taksim". The Gezi Park protests began as small environmental demonstrations last summer and mushroomed into vast protests.
Daily YENI SAFAK featured the cancellation of the Yalova local elections. The Turkish Higher Elections Committee annulled the elections in the western city after a recount, which declared the main opposition People's Republic Party's candidate as the winner with only six votes difference. The recount was decided over appeals, after the municipal representative from the ruling AK Party won the election with only one vote.
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