He was in a coma for 269 days.
New scandal – Businessmen were giving kickbacks for a meeting with Erdogan.
By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara
Major reactions and demonstrations have been caused in Turkey by the death of the 14-year-old Berkin Elvan, who had been in a comma since June 2013, when during the demonstrations in Gezi Park, he was injured on the head by a shot from a teargas gun.
Elvan’s death resulted in major demonstrations in Ankara and Istanbul, with the police using teargas to repel the crowds.
The 14-year-old has become the symbol of the violence that had been exercised by the turkish police towards the citizens who were demonstrating in Gezi Park.
Elvan has become the eighth victim of the anti-government demonstrations in Gezi Park, caused by the violent reaction of the police, since he fell into a coma when he was struck on the head while he was on his way to buy some bread in the Okmeydani district in Istanbul.
Hundreds of people were gathered outside the hospital, in which the 14-year-old was being treated, to express their support to his family. His mother stated: “It was Erdogan who took my son away from me, not god”.
The Turkish prime minister had spoken of “heroic actions” by the police during the turmoil in Gezi Park, despite the resulting 7 deaths and thousands of injured citizens at the time.
Erdogan is trying to justify the release of the members of “Ergenekon” and the “Grey Wolves”.
The release from prison of dozens of members of the parastate organisation “Ergenekon” has caused many reactions, despite the fact Erdogan states that their release does not necessary mean they are innocent. “I cannot say that there wasn’t an attempt to overthrow the government, but these adductions were unjust”, he stated. In regard to the ban on YouTube and facebook he had announced, he clarified that “there will not be a total ban, but some restrictions”.
Gulen talks to the Financial Times.
The leader of the order of Hizmet, Fethullah Gulen, in an article to the british newspaper Financial Times, attacks the Erdogan government and describes the situation in Turkey as “similar to that of a dictatorship”.
“Until recently Turkey was considered an example of a prosperous country, while at the same time maintaining a democratic government of pious Muslim leaders. It’s not anymore, …a small group within the administrative authority of the government is halting the progress of an entire country. …A law that empowers the minister of Justice to appoint judges and prosecutors, a bill that limits the freedom of the internet, and a bill that will give to the turkish secret services powers similar to those of dictatorial regimes… the political power that at one time was in the hands of the Armed Forces has been replaced by a hegemony of the administrative authority”.
Gulen, who is in a state of “war” with the turkish government, asks for the composition of a new Constitution and points out that “the only way for the turkish government to obtain the trust inside the country and the respect abroad is by renewing its commitment to universal human rights, the rule of Law and an accountable governance. This commitment must involve a new, democratic Constitution that will be composed by politicians”.
€170,000 for a meeting with Erdogan
The turkish newspaper Taraf reveals a new scandal in Erdogan’s environment. It reports that the turkish prime minister’s counselors were receiving 500,000 turkish lira (€170,000) from businessmen in order to arrange 15-minute appointments with Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
According to the newspaper, the prosecutor’s office has evidence from wiretaps of telephone conversations, which prove that the prime minister was aware of his counselors’ actions.
New intervention of Erdogan to a turkish mass media revealed.
The newspaper Cumhuriyet has published a new conversation that features Erdogan that demonstrates the way with which he intervenes in the turkish mass media. The turkish prime minister calls the owner of the television network NTV, Ferit Sahenk (The businessman who has bought the Flisvos marina in Greece.) and on December 18, 2013, asks him to put his adviser to the news in order to answer to accusations regarding the corruption scandal. In the conversation it appears that the news Director refused the request from the prime minister’s office and so Erdogan calls the owner to resolve the matter; and within a few hours the matter is settled.