World Bulletin / News Desk
Thursday’s dailies dedicated their front pages to the funerals of martyred police officers and reactions to PKK terror attacks.
HURRIYET ran with the headline “Martyrs bring together [state officials]”.
A funeral ceremony of the two martyred policemen Fehmi Sahin and Ali Koc saw top political figures meet in the capital Ankara.
Sahin and Koc were among the 13 policemen martyred in a roadside bomb attack staged by the PKK terrorist organization on Tuesday.
Fehmi Sahin had been the bodyguard of Abdullah Gul when he was Turkey’s president.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar, Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli and former President Abdullah Gul were among those who attended the ceremony.
“The nicest response” was VATAN’s front-page headline, referring to a banner hung by two shop owners in the central Anatolian province of Kirsehir, whose venue had been burned down in what were referred to as anti-terror protests.
In total, four shops belonging to owners of Kurdish origin were burned down in Kirsehir on Tuesday.
The daily reported that Servet and Huseyin Beydogan, brothers and owners of a clothing store, hung a banner on their store reading: “This attack was carried out by agitators who try to drag our country into civil war, not Kirsehir people. We have been together for centuries and will continue being together.”
HABERTURK chose “Common sense time” for its front-page headline.
It wrote that, "from the non-governmental organizations to businessmen and academics, people from all strata", made the following call: “Let’s not fall into provocation, otherwise, this fire will burn all of us.”
Newspapers also focused on a new probe launched against Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chairman Selahattin Demirtas.
The headline overwhelmingly used by Turkish dailies was simple and to the point: “Probe against Demirtas”.
The Chief Public Prosecutor's Office in south-eastern Diyarbakir province has charged Wednesday Demirtas of "openly insulting the Turkish nation, the Republic of Turkey, the state institutions, and its organs, openly inciting crime, insulting the president and making terrorist propaganda."
“We are not in the decision process of the start and the growth of this conflict [between PKK and security forces]. HDP does not have any decision in this fortunately but the decision [for the conflict process] was made by the president and the prime minister,” Demirtas had said in a speech in Diyarbakir.
The prosecutor's statement added that a motion had been sent to the Turkish Ministry of Justice demanding a "permit for investigation" and the "abolishment of legislative immunity".
Certain dailies also reported on the Hungarian journalist made infamous for kicking refugee children.
A camerawoman for the Hungarian nationalist television channel N1TV was filmed on Tuesday tripping up a Syrian refugee carrying a child in his arms in Roszke, the Hungarian crossing point from Serbia.
“Reporter tripping up refugee,” was MILLIYET’s headline, while AKSAM covered the story with a headline that read “Trip against humanity”, both newspapers running a photo of the incident.
N1TV sacked Petra Laszlo following the incident.
In economic news, DUNYA’s headline read: “Calls on Fed to ‘postpone rate hike’ are increasing”. It reported that the World Bank joined corporations that call to "wait for an interest hike".
The U.S. Federal Reserve should not raise interest rates in September, World Bank chief economist Kaushik Basu said on Wednesday. The move would risk triggering "panic and turmoil in emerging markets", Basu warned in an interview with the Financial Times.
The Federal Reserve will meet on Sept. 16 and 17 to consider its interest rate decision.Last Mod: 10 Eylül 2015, 11:57