Here is a roundup of the latest news from Turkey, courtesy Atlas reader "P." The vicious crackdwon continues, Obama says nothing.
Midnight law restricts authority of professional chambers supporting Gezi movement.
Death toll rises to 5 in Gezi protests as 19-year-old dies in Eskişehir hospital from injuries sustained by being beaten by civilian thugs and earlier protests there.
"Ruling AKP approves midnight bill to curb authority of chambers supporting Gezi" Hurriyet Daily News
Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) votes ensured the passing of a late-night proposal regarding occupational chambers in the June 9 parliamentary session, in a move that was interpreted by most as payback for the Chamber of Architects and Engineers’ (TMMOB) vocal support of the ongoing Gezi movement.
The surprise proposal, which removes the TMMOB from any involvement in city planning processes and their authority to approve plans, raised concern from opposition benches, with main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy group leader Akif Hamzaçebi describing the proposal as “part of government’s witch hunt over Gezi Park.”
Death toll rises to five in Gezi protests as 19-year-old dies in Eskişehir Hurriyet Daily News
A 19-year-old protester who was beaten by unidentified people in Eskişehir in protests on June 2 succumbed to his injuries in hospital on June 10, a local daily has reported. Ali İsmail Korkmaz, who was trying to escape a police tear gas attack, was brutally beaten by a group wearing civilian clothes, according to local daily 2 Eylül. Korkmaz’s heart stopped working today at around 11 a.m., the daily said. His assailants have not been detained. The university student is the fourth protester to die so far in the Gezi demonstrations, after Mehmet Ayvalıtaş in Istanbul, Abdullah Cömert in Antakya and Ethem Sarısülük in Ankara. Ayvalıtaş, 20, was hit by a car during the protests and Cömert, 22, died after receiving a hit to his head. Sarısülük, 26, died from his wounds on June 14 after being shot in the head.
One of the comments, sixth one down at the moment by Sophie Abard, suggests “Maybe, just maybe, they are the same “civilians” that were roaming around Sirareviler Cadd. on Monday. All equipped with gas masks and mixed up with the police troops! Maybe, just maybe!” Siraselviler is the road from Taksim into Cihangir.
Eskişehir governor suggested Ali Ismail Korkmaz was beaten by friends to make it look like police related civilian thugs did it. Third tweet down has link to CNN Türk video of the governor saying that. He says a lot more that I couldn’t make out all of, but I clearly heard the phrases meaning “maybe his friends injured him . . . police did it”
Good news, Mücella Yapıcı, who was detained and whose computer, gas mask and notes were confiscated in house search, has been released because of her heart condition. Nice pic of her with short report.
Taksim Solidarity Platform's spokeswoman released from custody due to health condition Hurriyet Daily News
Mücella Yapıcı, a spokesperson for the Taksim Solidarity Platform which pioneered the protests at Istanbul’s Gezi Park that spread across the country, was released today on an order of the prosecutor due to her health condition. She was known to have heart problems.
Yapıcı was taken into custody two days ago along with 50 other protesters after the group staged a demonstration during the opening of Gezi Park after it was sealed off by the police for three weeks.