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Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary

Published: Thu 21 Nov 2002 08:29 AM
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UNCLAS ADANA 0390
SIPDIS
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM TU IZ ADANA
SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY
NOVEMBER 11-12, 2002
1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary for
November 11-12, 2002. Please note that Turkish press
reports often contain errors or exaggerations;
AmConsulate Adana does not vouch for the accuracy of
the reports summarized here.
POLITICS, SECURITY, HUMAN RIGHTS
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2. PRO-OCALAN PROTESTS
(Evrensel) A group of 50 youths gathered and lit
fires in Adana's Karasu quarter to protest a decision
barring PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan from meeting with
his attorneys. The group shouted pro-Ocalan slogans
and dispersed when police arrived. Denial of
permission for Ocalan to meet with his attorneys was
also protested in Mersin, Batman and Van. Protestors
claimed Ocalan was being isolated and demanded the
isolation be lifted.
ECONOMIC AND AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENTS
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3. NEW FOUR-STAR HOTEL IN GAZIANTEP
(Dunya) Gaziantep's second four-star hotel, Ravanda,
has gone into service following an inauguration
ceremony attended by Tourism Minister Mustafa Tasar
and Gaziantep Mayor Celal Dogan. Ravanda has a total
of 86 rooms, including five suites, as well as a
sauna, swimming pool, Turkish bath, and a game center
for children and conference halls.
HOLTZ
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