Kadıköy Press release: Or Canal, Or Istanbul

May 27, 2021

They want Istanbul to destroy our city, which has hosted many civilizations, and is known all over the world with its nature and cultural assets. Until today, we have lost most of our city memory, especially with the attacks made in the last 20 years.
We have very little left from Istanbul, where Orhan Veli was listening with his eyes closed. Now, our cultural assets; They are transferring Gezi Park, Galata Tower to some supporting institutions that have been fabricated as “foundations” that do not even exist. They aim to completely eliminate our remaining cultural assets such as Yarimburgaz Caves, Odabaşı and Dursunköy Bridges in the 3rd Region of Istanbul with the rent and plunder project “Kanal Istanbul”. Profit ambitions do not end, do not stop ..
We met here today to explain the meaning of Istanbul’s 3rd Region for us. Istanbul;
It is our city where we feel the sweet breeze of the wind coming from the North Forests, where we watch the migration of storks and their accommodation from Yeniköy, where nets are pulled on the Black Sea coast, where we are happy with the sounds of children on the beach, where the sunflower fields bring the beautiful color of the sun to the ground. Our lakes are both our water and our city where we sit on the edge to take a breath, listen to the chirping of the birds, look at its unique flowers lovingly, and listen to the rustling of the leaves of its trees. Starting from Küçükçekmece, it is our city in which we chat by fencing the seeds in front of the houses, share our vegetables we grow in our gardens, walk on historical bridges (rest with the sound of the streams flowing at the bottom and even drink the sugar-like water of those streams.
Now they want to build a “Canal” for our city and a “Yenişehir” for a handful of rich people. Those who irreversibly destroyed Istanbul with the 3rd Bridge, 3rd Airport and new highways; He wants to eliminate the remaining of the Northern Forests, the last agricultural areas of Istanbul, lakes and all the districts in the region and to displace the people living there. They declared in the EIA report that “qualified people” will now live in the region. In other words, there is no place for us workers, laborers, tradesmen and farmers in the “project” they have just designed.
All public opinion polls in Istanbul show that the overwhelming majority of the people do not want this “project”. AKP President said, “Despite them, we will also do Canal Istanbul, we will do it out of spite.” Despite whom and what? The public knows the damage this plundering project will cause to the city and nature. A handful of proponents are aware that you are attacking nature and the city to make the capital even richer, and the people who voted for you know that, they are against this project.
A new decree was published in the Official Gazette. The state has given a guarantee to finance the “project”, which for us means “build-operate – make the capital rich – pay the public”. In other words, what they make us pay after they do is not enough, they will make the Treasury pay for what they did not get the loan with our taxes.
With the Yenişehir project; They will pillage the last wetlands of our city, which is cracked by water, and the surrounding lakes of Terkos and Küçükçekmece by declaring new “tourism” areas and deepen the destruction.
A short while ago, farmers engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry were notified to evacuate their lands in Arnavutköy, which covers an important part of the “Kanal Istanbul” project. They are declaring the last villages of Istanbul as “logistic areas” and trying to expel them from their lands. Since the concepts of right, law and justice have been thrown to the trash, we have no other guarantees than “solidarity and struggle together”.
The people do not want this “plundering and destruction project”. Thousands of people filed an objection, dozens of institutions and individuals sued. The court, which took the decision of discovery, does not appoint any expert, but they explain that they are speeding up the tender preparations. Once again, we are aware that they are trying to sign new lawlessness by saying “the horse has passed Üsküdar”.
We met here today to tell us about Istanbul and to say that we will not destroy our city and our memory. We repeat; We will continue our struggle against those who stubborn with Istanbul, the public and nature.

Either Kanal Or Istanbul Coordination

Don’t Shut Down Şişli Etfal Hospital (turkey)

The 600 bed capacity Şişli Etfal hospital, which has been operating in Şişli for 112 years, is divided and moved to Sarıyer and Maslak due to earthquake retrofitting works. There is no clear information about whether he will return or not.

Don’t Touch My Right to Health
Don’t Touch My Right to Health

Şişli residents and some NGOs in Şişli, who did not want to be sentenced to private hospitals in the vicinity, gathered under the roof of Şişli Etfal Solidarity and initiated actions “Let our hospital not be closed, moved, transformed on site”.

As DİS DER, we were there with our canvases that write Don’t Touch My Right to Health and our Şişli Etfal Do Not Close Painting that we painted with all the participants 🙂

Woman Murders ,We will stop

We would like to thank Fidan Atasever and Ayşen Ece Kavas from the “We Will Stop Femicide” Platform, for which we supported their actions in Beşiktaş with our exhibition “I Don’t Want to Die” within the scope of the women’s events on March 8, for their visit to our Association.

DİS-DER, which has adopted the mission of defending the right to life, which is the fundamental right of all living things in nature and of course human beings, and the Platform We Will Stop Femicide, which is a follower and hope in the enlightenment of many femicides in our country, will always continue to support each other 🙂

We will never walk alone

NO to female deaths

NO to female deaths

The pencil drawing work of our friend Maral Gürsoy ..
8 March Şişli exhibition

I, Aslı, was killed at the age of 17
I am Emine, I was killed at the age of 8
I, Sevgi, was killed at the age of 21
I Leyla was killed at the age of 40
I, Sabahat, was killed at the age of 59
I Mevlüde was killed at the age of 12
I, Özgecan, was killed at the age of 20
I Leyla Aydemir was killed at the age of 4

kadın ölümlerine HAYIR
kadın ölümlerine HAYIR

I am Woman … KILLED!

I want to live in all people
I want to walk the roads of the world
Let me mix, I have a piece left in everything
Let my knees shatter, let my hand melt,
Let my blood mingle with blood, my waters in the waters,
Let my hair smelt with the herbs of the world
Ozdemir INCE

8 March International Working Women’s Day Unity and Solidarity Exhibition

8 March International Working Women’s Day Unity and Solidarity Exhibition

Today is March 8, International Women’s Day. On this special day, we wonder about the rights Atatürk gave to women and his words about women. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who always trusts Turkish women and undertakes reforms so that Turkish women can reach their deserved place in the society, put forward the place of women in Turkish society by saying “Everything we see in the world is the work of women”. No leader in any country has fought for women’s rights as much as Atatürk has provided Turkish women with some rights long before developed countries. Here are the rights Atatürk provided to women and the words he said for women …

  • The principle of marriage with a single woman came and the age limit was set in order to marry.
  • The woman who is going to marry will never be forced to marry, she will personally tell the officer her consent for marriage.



EVENT (18/10/2020)

On October 18, 2020, together with Validebağ Volunteers, we met in the Validebağ grove within the framework of TOUCHING VALİDEBAĞ, and we all painted, prepared a graffiti poster and hung it in order to say no to the concreting of this beautiful grove, one of the last green areas in Istanbul, for the sake of rent.



On Sunday, September 20, 2020, together with the Coordination of Channel or Istanbul, we planned to participate in the No to Canal Istanbul march and to paint our canvas, which we will paint green at the end of the march, saying “DO NOT TOUCH MY STANBUL. We called sensitive people to Kadıköy by making a press statement at the points where we were.
The walk we planned turned into a Press Statement on the Kadıköy beach and turned into a Press Statement and we pictured our “DO NOT TOUCH MY ISTANBUL” painting on the beach of Kadıköy with the participants.



On August 22, 2020, Bomonti with the Initiative of All of Us
With our “Don’t Let Bomonti Remain in Memories” event, Şişli people
publicized what they wanted to replace the demolished Bomonti Beer Factory outbuildings.
We tried to announce. Şişli Mayor Sn Muammer Keskin and the district political
In this event, in which party representatives also participated, we painted in Bomonti Yellow
We wrote together on our canvas “DO NOT TOUCH BOMONTIM”.


WITH SAROS VOLUNTEERS DO NOT TOUCH MY SAROS EVENT (25/7/2020) Kaz Mountains hosted by Saros Volunteers on July 25, 2020 “No to FSRU Port in Saros” in Saros with the support of Istanbul Solidarity we said. Dozens of hands on our canvas that we painted in Saros blue He voiced his rebellion by saying “DO NOT TOUCH MY SAROS”.