A court in Istanbul on Dec. 14 gave a fine of 4,000 Turkish Liras ($1,035) to the deputy head of the Alperen Hearths, an ultranationalist youth group linked to religious nationalist Great Union Party (BBP), over his threats against last year’s LGBT Pride March in Istanbul, which was banned by the Governor’s Office.
Ten suspects were detained on Dec. 14 for carrying 60 kilograms of explosives in a minibus on the day of the extraordinary meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which took place in Istanbul on Dec. 13.
The Istanbul Municipality on Dec. 14 unanimously approved the renaming of 192 streets across the metropolitan area that may bring to mind the network of the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, accused of being behind the July 2016 coup attempt.
Alarm was raised over suspicious package delivered to the German Consulate in Istanbul’s Gümüşsuyu district on Dec. 14, however its contents turned out only to be candies and cologne, Doğan News Agency has reported.
Turkey has said it is still committed to the protocols signed with Armenia in 2009, which have not yet been ratified by either side, “despite Yerevan’s negative stance” in proceeding with the normalization of bilateral ties and the establishment of diplomatic relations.
The efforts of the Islamic world will continue until the United States steps back from its unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Dec. 14
Turkish police on Dec. 14 seized 47 pistol parts in cargo packages sent from the United States to the southeastern province of Gaziantep. Police have detained three people, including two of whom the cargo packages had been sent to.
In its defense submitted to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) regarding the arrest of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputies, Turkey has stated that the arrests are “necessary and appropriate” for the “protection of a democratic society” and “stopping violence.”