Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Turkey

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Turkey

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See also Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen

Jan. 20: Police arrested over 20 people over illegal wiretapping allegations. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that his phone was illegally wiretapped during a corruption scandal last year. Erdogan had accused the exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen of supporting the wiretappers. [BBC, 1/20]

Jan. 21: Two police officers and four others were sentenced to jail for their involvement in the death of 'Ali Ismail Korkmaz, a 19-year-old student who was killed during a protest in Eski s ehir in 2013. Although the two police officers received ten-year sentences, protesters gathered outside the court in Kayseri to call for harsher punishment. There were thousands of reports of police brutality during the Gezi Park protests that erupted in the country in 2013. [BBC, 1/21, NYT, 1/21]

Feb. 5: Bank Asya, a bank affiliated with exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen, was taken over by the government. Banking regulators claimed that Bank Asya was not adequately transparent in its business, but others suspected that the takeover was a political move by the Erdogan government, which had made significant efforts to curtail Gülen's influence in Turkey. [Reuters, 2/5]

Feb. 19: For the third time in one week, arguments in parliament devolved into fistfights over a controversial new security bill. The bill was supported by Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) and extended powers to the police forces. Opposition to the bill was founded on concerns that the new security measures would make the beginning of a police state. …

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