Thousands of students from the Middle East Technical University (METU) who have staged a march from the campus to the central Kızılay Square in memory of Berkin Elvan who has passed away early this morning after remaining in a coma since 17 June 2013 when he was hit on the head with a tear gas canisted fired by riot police during Gezi Park protests.
Police use rubber bullets, intense tear gas and pressure water against students.
As the conflict in Syria approaches another sombre milestone, more than twice as many children are now affected compared to 12 months ago, says a new report by UNICEF published today. Particularly hard hit are up to a million children who are trapped in areas of Syria that are under siege or that are hard to reach with humanitarian assistance due to continued violence.
An explosion has occurred on the Wehdi Avenue of the Qamishlo city.
According to the reports coming through, the explosion occurred near the Qamishlo Ecology and Municipality building, and left casualties.
Rojava security forces have taken intense security measures in the area. The cause of the explosion is not known yet.
Armed gangs reportedly affiliated to the Islamic Front (Cebhet El-İslam), which was formed by groups that left the Free Syrian Army, abducted a civilian Kurdish man, Îbrehîm Hemo Ehmê, whom they murdered after receiving the ransom they demanded for him.
Ehmê, born in 1958, was from the Cûlî village of Amûde, married and father of six.
Istanbul police brutalized the people who gathered in front of Okmeydanı Hospital where 15-year-old Berkin Elvan has passed away early today. Berkin has remained in hospital since 17 June when he was shot in the head by the riot police with a tear gas canister during the Gezi uprisings. After fighting in coma for 269 days, he passed away this morning, weighing only 16 kilograms.
A large number of people gathered outside the hospital on hearing about Berkin's death.
Another racist attack against HDP officials has taken place in the city of Tekirdağ. A number of HDP officials have been injured.
The attack occurred as an HDP election bus was making its way through the city. A racist mob blocked the road as the bus passed in front of a police station in the town’s centrally located market district. The group attacked the bus with stones as the driver of the election bus was taken into custody by police.
Aktaş Erdoğan, the son of Füsun Erdoğan who has been sentenced to life within Turkey’s MLKP case, has started a 3-day hunger strike in order to protest the life sentence of his journalist mother.
A bianet writer, Füsun Erdoğan has worked as the former coordinator of Özgür Radyo. She has been sentenced to life and additional 789 years of prison.
15-year-old Berkin, a member of the Istanbul Student Collective, was severely injured when he was struck in the head with a police tear-gas canister last June during the Gezi uprisings. At the time he was going to the bakery to buy bread.
Berkin who marked his 15th birthday in intensive care on 5 January has died today after remaining in a coma for 269 days.
Berkin's parents said in a message on Twitter that; “To our people: We lost our son Berkin Elvan at 7 a.m.
Members of the Peace Mothers Assembly in Şırnak's Cizre district have sent letters to the Ministry of Justice demanding to meet the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) leader Abdullah Öcalan.
In a statement outside the post office before sending the letters, Vesile Sarıca voiced appreciation regarding the ending of clashes and bloodshed for the last one year thanks to the democratic resolution process Öcalan initiated on the Newroz Day, 21 March, of 2013.
Police brutalized leftist students at Abant İzzet Baysal University in the Bolu province who have gathered today to protest against the increasing fascist attacks against the HDP (Peoples' Democratic Party) and Kurds.
The police attack came before the statement students had planned to make to condemn the attacks at noon.
Police forces were also supported by a group of nationalists who came from outside the campus and attacked the leftist students with stones and batons.
HDP co-chairs Ertuğrul Kürkçü and Sebahat Tuncel organised a press conference today after mounting attacks on their party. Kürkçü made clear they wanted an explanation from the Interior Ministry, not protection, adding that they were going to apply to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on account of the failure to ensure security for the elections. Tuncel said that they would reply to those who wanted to provoke them at the ballot box.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Samko Xelqeti, a Kurdish prisoner from Mahabad who was imprisoned in Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj, has been transferred to the ward 350 in Evin Prison in Tehran on March 4, 2014.
Xelqeti had been arrested in Arak in 2009 and was imprisoned in the ward 209 in Evin prison where he was under pressure for video confessions.
Attacks in Fethiye continued into the early hours. The Muğla Governor's Office, which established a crisis desk, said 28 people had been arrested. Kurds and socialists said they had left the town due to ' a lack of security'. It is claimed that the police have visited Kurdish-owned shops, telling the proprietors: "We can't protect you. Leave the district."
Attacks on the HDP's district office in Fethiye continued into the small hours.
Tension remains high in the Fethiye district of Muğla province where racist groups organising through social media attacked the HDP's (Peoples' Democratic Party) district building prior to its opening ceremony on Sunday. Attacks of nationalist groups against Kurds continued throughout the night.
During the local election campaign in Turkey there have been many attacks on HDP members and party campaign offices by racist groups. In Aksaray, Ordu and Fethiye attempts were made to lynch HDP members.
The President of the Human Rights Association (IHD), Öztürk Türkdoğan, told the DİHA that they had applied to the Interior Ministry today, demanding action be taken regarding police officers who merely watched the assaults and did not intervene.
After visiting Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan on İmralı island yesterday, BDP Group spokesperson Pervin Buldan explained the details of the meeting to ANF.
Pervin Buldan said Mr Öcalan attached great importance to the first meeting to be held after the election, at which the initial steps towards a legal framework would be discussed.
Kobanê's People's Defense Units (YPG) Press Office said in a statement on Sunday that four members of the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Sham) were killed in clashes with YPG fighters in the Bîr Kino village of Girê Spî (Tal Abyad).
YPG said clashes broke out after their forces launched an operation against ISIS groups that carried out a howitzer attack targeting the villages of Bîr Kêtik and Evdikê in the west of Girê Spî.
The Amed Newroz Organising Committee announced its Newroz programme for this year at the Hevsel Gardens in solidarity with the resistance there against the destruction of the environment.
This year's Newroz, which comes just before the local elections, will be celebrated in Amed on 21 March under the slogan "To a Free Kurdistan with a Free Leader".
Racist groups organising through social media have attacked the HDP's district building in the town of Fethiye in Muğla province prior to its opening ceremony. The mob shouted slogans such as: "Here is Fethiye, there is no escape".
Around 200 people gathered in the Salı Pazarı (Tuesday Market) square in Fethiye before the opening of the HDP's district office, intending to march to the building. The group shouted slogans against the PKK and HDP and set off towards the HDP office.
A delegation from the Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's party Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (YNK) met executives of the Kurdish Women's Movement (KJB-Koma Jinen Blind) Coordination in Kandil on 8 March International Women's Day.