Call for Global Sur and Hasankeyf Action Day
- 13:54 22 April 2018
DİYARBAKIR - The Platform Against the Destruction of Sur announced that simultaneous actions will be held in 20 countries for Sur and Hasankeyf on April 28 within the scope of the Global Action Day for Sur and Hasankeyf.
On April 20, the Platform Against the Destruction of Sur, Mesopotamia Ecology Movement, Istanbul Sur Solidarity Platform and Hasankeyf Initiative and Let Munzur Flow Freely Assembly held a press conference in building of Diyarbakır Chamber of Architects for the Global Action Day for Sur and Hasankeyf to be organized on April 28, 2018. Democratic Regions Party (DBP) and Republican People's Party (CHP) members attended the press conference to support them. The Platform Against the Destruction of Sur Co-chair Büşra Cizrelioğlu read the press statement and she said that simultaneous actions will be held in 20 countries for Sur and Hasankeyf on April 28, 2018. The press statement is as follows;
“In order to express our demands, various actions will be held on April 28, 2018 in one dozen countries and in many cities of Turkey with the invitation of Artists, Intellectuals, Authors, Ecology and Environmental Movements, Urban Movements, Women's Organizations, NGOs, Platform and Initiatives, Sensitive Political Parties and Unions, Professional Organizations and Chambers.
We would like to invite all sensitive circles and our people to participate in the actions and to embrace the ancient cities of Sur and Hasankeyf which have hosted humanity for thousands of years on the banks of the Tigris River. These cities are the common heritage of humanity and they belong to everyone. Therefore, it is all of our interest. For this reason, we invite everyone to take responsibility and embrace these cities to stop the destruction, relocation and sale of these cities. With these feelings and thoughts, we invite everyone to participate in these events in the cities where the events of April 28th will be held and to join this voice. We believe and we know that so many people are against the destruction of these cities. The way of revealing what we are against is through legitimate and democratic ways of supporting the scream of SUR and HASANKEYF.
We will also organize a number of events to support the ancient cities of Sur and Hasankeyf in Amed with our components and sensitive institutions on April 28th. These events will begin with a statement to the press and public including the opinions of the people of Sur, Hasankeyf, many other expertsand the people who are deeply committed to these cities in terms of expressing our suggestions and requests regarding the current situation of the two cities. The statement will be made at 12:00 in front of the Grand Mosque (Ulucami) in Sur. After the statement, a number of inspections will be held with the artists and delegations coming from other cities in Ali Pasha and Lalebey Neighborhoods where the urban transformation still continues. In the evening, poetry-music audition and documentary shows will be held about Sur.
So we say,
'Stop the Historical, Political, Ecological and Cultural Crime in Sur and Hasankeyf!'
STOP THE DECTRUCTION AND RELOCATION IN HASANKEYF; LET THE TIGRIS RIVER FLOW FREELY!
LIFT THE BANS UPON SUR, LET SUR LIVE, LET SUR PEOPLE RETURN HOME!
DO NO LET THE MASSACRE OF CITY AND NATURE; DEFEND THE COMMON HISTORY, NATURE AND CULTURE!
We invite everyone to become the scream of SUR and HASANKEYF.”