July 3, 1993 |
An angry Muslim mob burned down a hotel in eastern Turkey on Friday, killing 35 people and forcing the target of its protest, the Turkish translator of Salman Rushdie's novel "The Satanic Verses," to flee by a fire department ladder. Aziz Nesin, 78, was in the conservative eastern city of Sivas with other intellectuals for a symposium to commemorate the hanging of a 16th-Century Ottoman poet who wrote against repression.
July 30, 1997 |
Police using batons, dogs and water cannons broke up a protest by thousands of Islamists marching through Turkey's capital, Ankara, to challenge Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz's effort to curtail religious education. Witnesses said police repeatedly charged demonstrators outside the Education Ministry after hours of protests. The Anatolian news agency said 11 people were hospitalized. Estimates of the crowd size ranged from 6,000 to 15,000.
April 14, 1991 |
Iranian helicopters have begun dumping food supplies inside Iraq to famished Kurdish refugees, Iranian officials revealed Saturday. Although the helicopters are technically violating Iraqi air space, an Iranian provincial official said the move was a humanitarian effort to feed Kurds trapped in long traffic jams on roads leading out of Iraq into Iran.
May 1, 1989 |
Rallies turned into riots today in Turkey, South Korea and the Philippines, and dozens of marchers were arrested in Czechoslovakia as workers worldwide took part in May Day celebrations. Chinese authorities urged workers to refrain from joining pro-democracy unrest, the Soviets held their traditional parade in Red Square and anti-government protesters in Poland clashed with police in Wroclaw and Gdansk. In Turkey, one person was fatally shot in the head and 15 were injured in battles with security forces during outlawed May Day marches in Istanbul, the Anatolia news agency reported.