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Milliyet - Turkey | 19/05/2014

Turkey divided even by national disaster

The number of victims of the worst mining disaster in Turkish history has risen to 301, and the prosecutor's office is conducting investigations against 25 people for negligent homicide. The conservative daily Milliyet complains that even a tragedy of this proportion cannot overcome the extreme polarisation in Turkish society: "Politics continues to be done with body bags in this country. The people are being pitted against each other with lies from the accident site posted on the social media. For the first time, a disaster in Turkey is not uniting but dividing us. ... No trace remains of decency on the part of the government or respect for the people's suffering. If such pain cannot bring us together, just what does it take?"

La Vanguardia - Spain | 20/04/2007

Is Turkey falling prey to an attempt at destabilisation ?

In an interview conducted by Ricardo Ginés, the Turkish journalist and writer Belma Akcura considers that the assassinations of Christians and other minorities in Turkey are intended to destabilize the government. "There is an organised structure that has just pushed the Malatya button again. We are seeing a very dangerous escalation of the tension provoked by the rise of nationalism these past few years. The assassins of Malatya are an extra link in a chain of events intended to polarize society and destabilise the government. ... Since 2004, parallel with negotiations for EU accession, these incidents have been increasingly intense. They are part of a well-planned strategy with the objective of dynamiting Turkish accession to the European project. ... We can conclude that these political assassinations, or assassinations with religious connotations, are aimed at weakening the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government”.

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