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Turkish dailies on Wednesday covered the arrest of eight murder suspects of Burak Can Karamanoglu, who was gunned down during protests after the funeral of Berkin Elvan in Istanbul; Ankara's two rival mayoral candidates' claims about election violence and the accusations of party leaders in their rallies four days ahead of the local elections.
Daily VATAN reported the arrests of eight suspects over Burak Can Karamanoglu's (22) murder during the protests after the funeral of Belkin Elvan, who died after a nine-month coma when he was hit in the head by a tear-gas canister. CCTV footage shows the suspects holding guns, which were possibly used to shoot the young man. 800 policemen participated in the search and raids to find the eight suspects. Also, a photo taken in the street where Berkin Elvan was hit, displaying a group of policemen, has been put in the case file of the 15-year old boy's death. It is suspected that the police officer who fired the canister may be among those shown in the photo.
Daily MILLIYET featured on its first page Turkey's main parties' local election campaigns. They featured ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan accusing the opposition of supporting Syria's Baath regime, after they criticized Turkey's downing of a Syrian jet which violated Turkish airspace. The main opposition Repubican People Party's (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said Erdogan was most suited to Sudan, since the government banned social network Twitter. Devlet Bahceli, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader, denounced the returned bill of indictment over the December 17th probe investigation related to some cabinet members and prominent businessmen.
Two popular electoral rivals for Ankara's mayor claimed there could be violence ahead of the elections aiming to stir up chaos, reported daily HABERTURK. CHP candidate, Mansur Yavas, said around 100 armed men were brought to Ankara to sabotage the elections in some districts of the capital. The allegations came after a day when incumbent mayor, Melih Gokcek, claimed possible assassination plots might take place against opposition leaders and CHP's Istanbul candidate.Last Mod: 26 Mart 2014, 12:21