Demolitions Continue In The “Gypsy” Neighborhood Of Istanbul
Demolitions continue in the Sulukule neighborhood of the Roma People in Istanbul. The members of the Sulukule Platform say that they are demolishing the buildings without taking precautions, while people and children are around. The people cannot even call for an ambulance.
There was demolition in the Sulukule district of Istanbul today. Sulukule is where Roma People (who are commonly known as Gypsies, but some Roma consider the term pejorative) have been in Istanbul for centuries. The Fatih municipality in İstanbul has been trying to remove them as part of its Urban Transformation Project. Today it was the turn of the Neslişah and Hatice Sultan neighborhoods; the demolition in these neighborhoods lasted until the evening.
“Five-Story building came down; the one next to it collapsed”
Viki Ciprut from the Sulukule Platform says that the demolition done without any notices and necessary precautions cause much damage.
“Demolishing a five-story building resulted in the collapse of the building next to it. Those who used to live there have no idea what they are going to do.”
“They hid the demolition from the media”
Ciprut says that the municipality stops the work of demolishing when the media comes, and they resume it after they leave.
“They did not take any precautions, they demolished it and left”
Neşe Ozan from the Sulukule Platform says they demolished ten buildings in three streets.
“Kuruçınar Street is covered with rubble. The electricity and telephones are gone. They did their work without taking any precautions, when there were people and children around. If an emergency comes up, we are unable to call for an ambulance.”
“They did not take into consideration the Sulukule Report”
In spite of the June 11, 2008, report of the Human Rights Committee of the Governorship that utilities, water, food and health services need to be given to the area, nobody sends any aid to the area, says Ciprut.
“What we experienced here today shows that they did not take into consideration the report at all.” (CU/EZÖ/TB)
İstanbul - BÄ°A News Center
28 August 2008, Thursday