Wednesday’s newspapers cover commemoration ceremonies across Turkey on the anniversary of Ataturk’s demise and President Erdogan’s remarks over Syria


World Bulletin / News Desk

Newspapers on Wednesday mainly dedicated their front-pages to commemoration ceremonies across Turkey on the 77th anniversary of the demise of Ataturk -- modern Turkey's founder -- and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks over Syria. 

MILLIYET headlined: "Flood of emotions [for Ataturk]," running with a photo showing thousands of people visiting Ataturk’s mausoleum in capital Ankara.

"Some visitors saluted [the mausoleum] of Ataturk with respect, while the others expressed their love by kissing it. The ceremonies across the nation lasted throughout the day," the paper said.

Ataturk was born in 1881 in Thessaloniki in what was then the Ottoman Empire. He made his mark in the military in 1915 when he led forces to repel the allied invasion in Canakkale, known in the West as the Dardanelles.

HURRIYET’s headline read: "He [Ataturk] brought together Turkey," saying people across the country flocked to Anitkabir [Ataturk’s mausoleum].

The paper wrote: "At 09.05 when Ataturk died, the life halted across the nation. Sirens wailed, young and old alike stood in silence."

Ataturk passed away on Nov. 10, 1938, at the age of 57. 

"State officials and children are all together on Nov. 10th," was the HABERTURK’s headline, while VATAN ran a photo of the Bosphorous Bridge in Istanbul showing motorists who stepped out of their vehicles to observe one minute's silence."

Economic newspaper DUNYA also headlined: "People from 81 provinces flocked to Anitkabir to commemorate Ataturk."

Erdogan’s remarks on Syria were also covered by many newspapers Wednesday.

MILLIYET and STAR used the same headline: "No one can cross the west of the Euphrates," referring to the president’s remarks.

The president was speaking to journalists in the southern coastal town of Belek, Antalya province, ahead of next week’s G20 summit there that is expected to focus -- among others things -- on the conflict in Syria.

"Nobody can cross the west of the Euphrates. They [PYD, a Syrian extension of the terrorist PKK organization ] have recently attempted to cross [the Euphrates] and what needs to be done has been done. Entire world should know this," Erdogan said.

"There are affirmative developments about the ground operation," AKSAM’s headline read.

"Friendly countries have begun supporting the safe-zone issue," Erdogan said. "There are also affirmative developments on establishing a no-fly zone as well as [conducting] a ground operation."

EU's 2015 progress report was another news item that some newspapers focused. 

HABERTURK ran with the headline: "Reactions against progress report," reporting that the EU praised Turkey over refugees but criticized the country over the issues of freedoms and justice.

"The enforcement of rights stemming from the European Convention on Human Rights and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights is not fully ensured," the report said. 

"There is an urgent need to adopt a comprehensive framework law on combating discrimination in line with European standards," it added.

The paper also said that Turkey's European Union Ministry strongly reacted to the report.

Similarly, VATAN used the headline: "Ankara reaction over EU report," citing a statement from the ministry. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Kasım 2015, 12:23