Opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said Prime Minister Erdoğan’s recent apology on Dersim massacre may bring an internal conflict within Turkey. ‘These statements plant the seeds of hate in society. If Erdoğan maintains this attitude, Turkey may quickly come to the point of internal conflict,’ Kılıçdaroğlu said.
Turkey’s main opposition has challenged the government to open discussion on atrocities committed against the country’s Alevis while the deputy prime minister has claimed that special tribunals were responsible for many massacres in the early republican period.
Category: SEMİH İDİZ
Turkey is indeed a land of contradictions and surprises. Prime Minister Erdoğan’s apology for the atrocities committed in Dersim, today’s Tunceli, in the 1930s against Kurds of mostly Alevi origin by the Turkish Armed Forces is a case in point.
The apology Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan extended over the Dersim massacres in the late 1930s will make sense only if further steps are taken to address the legacy of the atrocities and the grievances of victims, a prominent advocacy group said yesterday.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s apology on behalf of the Turkish state on Nov. 24 over the killings in Dersim in 1938 has created a stir among Armenians both in Turkey and abroad.
PM Erdoğan makes a historic apology for the late 1930s Dersim killings in the name of the state, but the main opposition is furious
Category: MEHMET ALİ BİRAND
While I was listening to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the parliamentary group meeting on Wednesday, I wanted to once more curl up and die.
Category: MURAT YETKİN
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s apology over the “Dersim killings” of 1936-39 is the first ever apology of a Turkish official on the gray areas of Turkish history; something of historical importance. Speaking to his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) organization, Erdoğan revealed that a total of 13,806 people were killed as a result of military operations that were part of a systematic state policy while tens of thousands of them were forced to leave their homes.
Debate over the Dersim killings deepens as PM Erdoğan promises to reveal new documents on the military operations while the main opposition leader accuses Erdoğan of trying to discredit Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
Category: MUSTAFA AKYOL
These days, the Turkish media is full of discussions about “what really happened” in Dersim in 1937 – an eastern province in which a “rebellion” was brutally crushed. The victims, whose numbers exceed 10,000 and included many women and children, are remembered with grief. Now Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the ever-venerated and never-questioned “father of all Turks,” is getting the questioning he deserves for the first time.
The main opposition party is cool to the deputy prime minister’s proposal of establishing a parliamentary commission to probe the 1937-1938 Dersim killings, arguing that similar proposals by Kılıçdaroğlu were rejected by the ruling party
Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç calls for a parliamentary inquiry into the military operations that took place in 1937-1938 in, an issue that has come back to the agenda with a CHP deputy’s recent comments.
Birgül Ayman Güler , deputy leader of the Republican People’s Party announces that Tunceli deputy Hüseyin Aygün will be asked to officially defend his statements regarding the military operations in 1938 in Dersim. The announcement follows a declaration by 12 deputies demanding action from the party leader
There are great expectations in the government camp as the process for the preparation of a new constitution is under way, but some members of the minorities voice their concerns about the new charter
From the beginning, I could not perceive Turkey’s Syria policy.
Category: SEDAT ERGİN
President Abdullah Gül continued with his statements on the European Union in his Germany trip and this time he pronounced the Norway model, saying, “For me, what is essentially important is that Turkey is able to be like Norway. That is, it should be able to complete the EU accession process successfully.”
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