Turkish dailies on Thursday cover alleged kidnap by the outlawed terror group PKK, security measures in preparation for the upcoming anniversary of Gezi Park protests and death of a famous Turkish magician.


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The terrorist group of PKK has recently been accused by several families of kidnapping their children and recruiting them into the armed organization. The group has refuted the allegation and denied that under-18s are involved in any conflict.

Family members of the children have been staging a sit-down protest for days in front of Diyarbakir city hall in Turkey’s southeastern province.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded the children be returned home. Selahattin Demirtas, chairman of pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party, met with family members and promised them that he will talk with the PKK.

"I want my son back," is the headline in the ZAMAN daily, which adds that a mother from Istanbul called on authorities to help her get her son back.

STAR daily lead with a similar story, publishing comments from a mother living in Diyarbakir. "I want my son back. I cannot bear that. Where is my son?" a mother commented.

"Will contact with Kandil," says AKSAM, referring to Demirtas' promise to the victims families that he will contact PKK members.

"Huge support," is the headline in the TURKIYE daily, reporting that many in Turkey voiced their support for the families of the abducted children.

Some dailies meanwhile cover security measures as anniversary of Gezi Park protest is approaching.

"Twenty-five thousand police, 50 TOMAs," is the headline in the HURRIYET daily. TOMA is an armored police vehicle with a water cannon designed for riot control.

Security forces are taking extraordinary measures as Gezi Park’s anniversary approaches. Twenty-five thousand-strong riot police will be stationed in Taksim, Sisli, and Besiktas," the daily reported. "Istanbul braces for Gezi Park," was the headline in the CUMHURIYET daily.

Taksim Solidarity, an umbrella group of protest movements involved with 2013’s Gezi Park protests, said Tuesday that they would be at squares across Turkey on May 31.

The Gezi Park protests began as a small environmental demonstration in the summer of 2013 and mushroomed into nationwide anti-government protests. The protests erupted after the government moved in May to replace part of Gezi Park at the heart of Istanbul with a shopping mall.

The VATAN daily's front page is devoted to news of the passing of Turkey's most prominent magician, Ibrahim Isinbark, otherwise known as "Mandrake." The daily says that the famous illusionist passed away Wednesday and a religious ceremony will be held Thursday. 

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