Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's announcement that new legislation expanding police powers will be introduced is the top story


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The majority of the newspapers dedicate Wednesday their front pages to Turkish prime minister’s announcement of new legislation to expand police power in reaction to Kobani protests that morphed into violent clashes between pro-PKK and anti-PKK Kurdish groups, is on the front pages of most of the Turkish dailies on Wednesday. 

“Peace package” headlines VATAN, referring to the government’s German model legislation that gives more power to police.

The daily reports that when the German model becomes into law, the police will have the authority to detain suspects and take them to a protected area.

“Public order in Turkey is under our guarantee. We will buy five or 10 TOMAs for each TOMA destroyed,” SABAH quoted the Turkish PM telling his Justice and Development Party lawmakers Tuesday.

'TOMA' is a Turkish acronym for police water cannon trucks used to breakup popular protests.

 Davutoglu pledged to further empower security forces in Turkey in order to not permit instances of "vandalism" and street violence, saying the government was studying models in Germany and the U.K. in order to avoid criticism that Turkey was becoming a 'police state'.

Protests erupted last week after Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant extremists penetrated Kobani, a town in northern Syria, close to the Turkish border.

Protesters claimed that the Turkish government has done nothing to halt the relentless advance of the militant group in the Syrian city, which has become the scene of fierce street battles between Kurdish groups and ISIL. At least 34 people were killed during the protests. Most of the casualties were caused in clashes between supporters of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, and a group reportedly belonging to the Islamist Kurdish political party, the Free Cause Party, or HUDA-Par.  

HABERTURK reports that the demonstrators who are accused of harming public property currently face a sentence of one to eight years in prison, and two to four years in jail is sought for those who "prevent public officers from carrying out their duties by threatening them." 


Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Ekim 2014, 11:30

Muhammed Öylek