Turkish authorities early on June 5 arrested three opposition deputies after they were stripped of their parliamentary status. The legislators are Enis Berberoğlu of the main opposition CHP who went on trial on espionage charges and Leyla Güven and Musa Farisoğulları of the pro-Kurdish HDP who were convicted of terrorism charges.
Russia has confirmed the delivery of Russian-made MiG-29 fighter jets to Syria in "two batches" which commenced combat duty on June 1. “Syrian Arab Army received the second batch of advanced MiG-29 fighter jets from #Russia - in the framework of military & technical cooperation between our countries,” the Russian Embassy in Syria said on June 3.
Turkey's Health Ministry extended the legally required time for pregnancy leave by two months. "Everything else must stop if there's a baby to be welcomed to the world, or everything else should be done by someone else," Minister Koca said in his announcement.
A Swiss court blocked the extradition to Germany of an alleged PKK regional leader, ruling that German authorities had not made enough of a case against the man whose group is not banned in Switzerland. The man, a Turkish citizen whose identity was not revealed in the Federal Criminal Court verdict, had fought extradition since his arrest at Zurich airport last November on an international warrant.
The swap deal limit between the central banks of Turkey and Qatar has been amended to $15 billion equivalent of Turkish lira and Qatari riyal. According to a statement from the Turkish Central Bank on May 20, the move aims to facilitate bilateral trade in respective local currencies and to support financial stability of the two countries.
Trabzonspor has announced that it will file an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the UEFA's decision to ban the club from European football for one season.
HDP lawmakers Leyla Güven and Musa Farisoğulları and main opposition CHP Enis Berberoğulları were stripped of their statuses as members of parliament on June 4. Deputies chanted slogans against fascism and the ruling AKP. They also slammed the party for being "putschists."
Atilla Kart, lawyer and former MP of the main opposition CHP, has said that the expulsion of three opposition deputies from the parliament is "unconstitutional," as the process of lifting their legal immunity had not been renewed following their re-election on June 24, 2018.
Turkey will impose a two-day curfew in 15 provinces beginning Friday midnight in an effort to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Interior Ministry said grocery shops will be allowed to operate until 11 p.m. on June 5 and they will be open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on June 6.
Turkey's government-allied MHP has proposed giving police electroshock devices in order for them to "protect themselves," citing "increased attacks on police." "It's clear that the use of new equipment is needed amid increasing attacks on our police," MHP deputy Halil Öztürk said, although it was unclear which incidents he was referring to since, contrary to his remarks, police brutality has been on the rise.
The mother of Ayşe Karaman, suspected to have been killed by her boyfriend, protested outside the Ankara Courthouse on June 1, which would have been her daughter's 26th birthday. Karaman was found dead under suspicious conditions in her boyfriend's home.
The Ankara Governor's Office said that businesses were only allowed to play music "to be listened to," and not "to be danced to." Meanwhile, the governor's office extended the closure of entertainment venues.
Turkish President Erdoğan and Libya's GNA Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj met in the capital Ankara on June 4. In a news conference, Erdoğan said both countries plan to advance cooperation in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, including exploration and drilling activities.
Turkey's Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun has claimed that the left-wing Antifa movement is "cooperating" with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia. Altun's comment came after U.S. President Donald Trump said that he would declare the Antifa movement a terrorist organization over its role at protests and riots in the country.
Turkey's transportation workers marching to the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) headquarters in the capital Ankara to criticize the "unlawful layoffs" in the institution arrived on June 4. Condemning the layoffs of dozens of TCDD workers and dozens more have been assigned to remote locations in an unprecedented practice. After a confrontation with police, the workers held a press conference and met with the TCDD general manager.
Turkey's right-wing political party leaders Ali Babacan, Meral Akşener and Ahmet Davutoğlu have commemorated communist poet Nazım Hikmet on the 57th anniversary of his death. Hikmet is usually commemorated by leftists in Turkey and the commemoration tweets of right-wing leaders prompted surprise.
Prime Minister of the Netherlands said that travelers returning from Turkey would be placed under quarantine for 15 days, and urged citizens to avoid traveling to the country if possible. Turkey remains on an "orange list" of countries to be avoided if possible, potentially hurting an otherwise frugal touristic relationship between the states.
The administration of the Edirne Prison has censored letters sent by former Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, his wife Başak Demirtaş said in a tweet, while also sharing pictures of the censored letters. "What's next?" she asked the justice ministry.
Police officers have made their dogs attack a couple when raiding their house in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, resulting in injuries. The couple, Menice Yılmaz and Şeyhmus Yılmaz, filed a complaint after the incident. Diyarbakır Governor's Office released a statement on the issue, saying that Şeyhmus Yılmaz "kicked the dog and the dog attacked as a result."
The Turkish army has dismissed 4,562 personnel and stripped 531 retired soldiers of their ranks since the country's two-year emergency rule came to an end in 2018, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said.
Turkish schools will start the 2020-21 school year on Aug. 31 to provide three-week long make-up classes, as students missed more than two months of classroom instruction because of the novel coronavirus.
Consumer prices in Turkey rose in May compared to the same month last year, the country's statistical authority said on June 3. According to the TÜİK data, the lowest annual increase in inflation was 2.98 percent in communication. Larger rises were seen in alcoholic beverages and tobacco with 21.41 percent.
Vural Özdemir writes: Turkey has reopened to a new normal on June 1. The new normal is a red herring; a smoke screen to manufacture consent to put unchecked political power, profits and wealth over health. There will be a greater risk for conflict in the next 12 months in societies divided into haves and have-nots with the pandemic.
A hotel in the western Turkish beach town of Bodrum tried to cover a beach with marble shavings, trying to pass it off as white sand. While Mayor Ahmet Aras said they'd sent the white powder off to a lab for analysis, he added that similar fraudulent attempts had been stopped around the district recently.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on June 2 announced that it is launching investigations into digital services taxes that have been adopted or are under consideration in a host of trading partners to determine whether they are discriminatory and burden U.S. commerce. The investigations will examine taxes that have been adopted in Austria, India, Indonesia, Italy and Turkey.
Ten new political parties were founded in Turkey in the past five months, increasing the total number to 91. Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA), which was founded by former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan, is among the said parties. Former prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu founded his Future Party earlier than the said time period, in late 2019.
A recent survey by private pollster AREA Research revealed Turkey's opposition İYİ Party coming in third in a potential election, following the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the main opposition CHP. The AKP's coalition partner Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) ranked fifth, following pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP).
Turkey's higher education workers find that the country's remote education practice has hurt institutions' autonomy, and has caused a deterioration in the quality of education. "All higher education institutions have been connected to a more centralized, uniform, more hierarchical and imperialistic system," Çukurova University's Prof. Adnan Gümüş said.
Watermelon farmers in the southern province of Adana are grateful to be harvesting their watermelon crops, after a period of not knowing whether they'd be allowed to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As citrus fruits burned before becoming ripe because of an early heat wave, Adana farmers turn to watermelon to make it through harvest season.
The governor's office of the northern province of Düzce removed a ban on alcohol sales in restaurants that it placed under the guise of COVID-19 prevention measures following criticism. The decision came after a meeting with local labor representatives who had publicly slammed the ban.