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