Welcome to our pick of last week’s news from Fethiye and around Turkey.


Turkish police mark 175th anniversary

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 12 April 2020

Turkey marked the 175th anniversary of its police force last week.

The Turkish police, established on April 10, 1845, have a duty to:

  • provide public order;
  • provide security of persons and properties;
  • protect personal property and public order;
  • detect, arrest and transfer both offenders and case evidence to the appropriate judicial bodies;
  • perform duties apart from the administrative such as judicial assigned by laws, regulations and government acts;
  • prevent crime as a prerequisite in order to protect public safety and order.

The department, with its 323,842 personnel, also helps the nation during the times of disasters and calamities such as earthquakes, floods, or epidemics such as coronavirus.

The country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, congratulated the police on their foundation day.

“Congratulations on the 175th anniversary of our Turkish police service, the guarantor of peace and prosperity in our country,” he said in a statement on Twitter.

A ceremony was held at the Atatürk Monument in Fethiye during which a wreath was laid at the Atatürk Monument in Beşkaza Square by Fethiye District Police Chief Cemil Emre Süel.  This wreath laying was followed by a minutes silence and the National Anthem was sung.

Attention was paid to social distancing guidelines at the ceremony which was attended by Fethiye District Police Chief Cemil Emre Süel, Fethiye District Police Deputy Police Chief Ferhat Demiriz and a limited number of police officers. 

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 12 April 2020

One police team had a surprise when they were called out to an incident at Karacabey Restaurant in Fethiye. They discovered the “incident” was a surprise birthday cake to celebrate the occasion.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 12 April 2020

Sources: Gerçek Fethiye/OSCEPOLIS

3,600 liters of bootleg alcohol seized in Turkey

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 12 April 2020

A total of 3,600 liters (over 951 gallons) of counterfeit alcohol were seized in southern Turkey on Wednesday, according to a security source.

Local police in Adana province raided a house in the Seyhan district after they learned that bootleg alcohol was produced there.

One suspect was arrested in the operation.

Source: aa.com.tr

Ruling party to introduce further measures on social media platforms

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 12 April 2020

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is preparing further measures on social network platforms under an omnibus bill that will come to the parliament’s agenda as part of the struggle against the novel coronavirus.

The bill aims to further regulate the legal responsibilities of social network providers, such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and increase control over the content of these platforms.

If the bill is adopted, the social network providers will be legally liable to the Turkish authorities by appointing their representatives in Turkey and if they fail to comply with the requirements, Turkish authorities will be able to limit their access by Turkish users.

The bill, called the “Draft Law on Amendment in Some Laws,” envisages amendments on the “Regulation of Internet Publications and Combating Crimes Committed through These Publications” and is expected to come to parliament next week.

Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said social media was being used with aims of “misinformation” and to “deceive the public. Speaking in a televised interview on late April 9, Soylu said the government had taken measures against 4,186 social media accounts.

READ MORE HERE: https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ruling-party-to-introduce-further-measures-on-social-media-platforms-153754

An invasion of seagulls in the landlocked Turkish capital Ankara

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 12 April 2020
Seagulls looking for food in the fish market, in Ankara, Turkey, (AA Photo)

Turkey’s landlocked capital Ankara, 270 kilometers away from the nearest coast, nowadays hosts a group of unexpected guests.

Flocks of seagulls squawk and squeal in the skies of the capital not accustomed to marine life. But it is not a big mystery for fish sellers.

The seagulls hitched a ride on trucks hauling fish from the Black Sea to the capital’s fish markets.

Source: Daily Sabah

Chickpea coffee draws attention after 100 years

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 12 April 2020

Chickpea coffee, made by grinding chickpeas, is attracting great attention with its flavor a century later in a village of the northwestern province of Çanakkale’s Biga district.

The unusual coffee was invented 100 years ago in the midst of World War I when coffee imports to Turkey had stalled.

Despite more than a century having passed since the bloody war, this flavor is kept alive in coffee houses in Biga’s Işıkeli village, which has a population of 160.

Cemil Kısa, 50, who runs a coffeehouse in the village, said that chickpea coffee is made only in their village and is on great demand from visitors.

He said that the tourists who came to visit Işıkeli would rest and enjoy the century-old chickpea coffee in the village, which has three coffeeshops.

“The coffee’s release date is the 1915s, those periods when coffee could not be imported. Our grandparents roasted the chickpeas into a coffee and started drinking so as not to be deprived of that pleasure,” Kısa said.

“We have carried the chickpea coffee tradition to the present day,” he added.

Source: Hürriyet Daily News


Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates


Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 12 April 2020

All sports may have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic however Fethyespor haven’t postponed their training as players continue to train at home.

Fethiyespor Technical Director Mesut Toros, said: “We are sending our players work programs and we are in regular contact as a team. We are trying to keep our players as ready as we can. We hope that this epidemic affecting the world will end as soon as possible. We want our people to stay at home as much as possible and comply with the measures taken.”

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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates

The British Pound bought 8.33 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.25 TL.

The US Dollar bought 6.69 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.73 TL.

The Euro bought 7.32 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.27 TL.

Source: FxexchangeRate.com

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Today’s featured image is looking across towards Babadağ from İnlice beach and was taken by Lyn Ward on 19 March 2020.

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