TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on OCT. 22

Turkish government's decree on shortening the compulsory military service from 15 months to 12 months, death of a baby left home alone in northwestern Turkey and clashes between police and protesters at the campus of Middle East Technical University (METU) in the capital Ankara.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on OCT. 22

World Bulletin/News Desk

Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

On Tuesday, Turkish dailies generally cover the Turkish government's decree on shortening the compulsory military service from 15 months to 12 months, death of a baby left home alone in northwestern Turkey and clashes between police and protesters on the removal of trees for a road construction passing through the campus of Middle East Technical University (METU) in the capital Ankara.

"Early discharge of 70,000 conscripts on January" is daily STAR's headline. The daily states over 70,000 conscripts, who do 12 months of military service, will be discharged on the first day of the new year. It quotes Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc as saying, "The decree has been signed. Good luck with this decision."

Daily TURKIYE says on its front page under the headline "Early discharge in new year". Turkish general staff offered to discharge troops on March 1, 2014 but the government has decided to put the date back to January 1.

Daily HURRIYET also places Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc's statement after council of ministers meeting as saying, "12 months of military service will go into effect on January 1, 2014. Turkey is a new Turkey. It is the first time that relations between civilians and soldiers have normalized." 

Clashes over removal of trees in Ankara

Daily HURRIYET headlined "Plant Clashes at METU" for the tension in capital Ankara on the removal of trees for a road construction. It says around 3,000 students formed human chain to plant young trees instead of the ones uprooted in Middle East Techincal University area, but the police dispersed the students.

"We paid money and uprooted trees" is daily TURKIYE's headline. The daily mentions about the tension between police and students and quotes Ankara Metropolitan Mayor Melih Gokcek as saying, "We've paid 211,000 Turkish Liras to the university for 2,388 trees. This road is necessary for Ankara. If their aim is really to protect trees, I will send them 23,000 trees."  

Death of infant left home alone in northwestern Turkey

"Do you have any heart?" is daily VATAN's headline referring to the mother, who allegedly left his baby dead for vacation. It reports " S. M.D, a 34 year-old primary school teacher, went on vacation by leaving her 2 month-old baby alone. When she returned home, she took the baby to a hospital after finding him breathless. The unfortunate baby dies of hunger."

Daily AKSAM headlined "Murder mother" as saying, "A primary school teacher went to Adana for 9 day-vacation by leaving her 2-month-old baby alone, who was born out of wedlock. The baby died of hunger and thirst." 

The daily also quotes the mother, who was arrested as saying, "When I returned to home, I wanted to feed him. When he did not eat, I took him to hospital."

Daily HURRIYET also widely covers the death of infant on its front page under the headline "Mother went on 9-day holiday, baby died of hunger."

"According to an autopsy, it has been determined that the baby died of hunger and thirst. The mother was arrested. Her neigbours in shock said that they did not know the teacher, who has just moved there," the daily reports.

Last Mod: 22 Ekim 2013, 11:40
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