Let’s talk Turkey

Cape Times
04 June 2013

WE NOTE with great interest the uprising in Turkey. It has turned into a nightmare for the Ankara government. I quote from a blog about the events and what ignited such vehement protest.

”Four days ago a group of people who did not belong to any specific organisation or ideology got together in Istanbul’s Gezi Park. Among them there were many of my friends and students. Their reason was simple: to prevent and protest the upcoming demolishing of the park for the sake of building yet another shopping mall at the very centre of the city”

Is this not a lesson for our city and provincial governments who seem to be hell-bent on tearing up the people’s heritage to allow the building of a mall on the banks of Princess Vlei? When the people rise up against the building of the mall at Princess Vlei, the local government will shift the blame on to “instigators” and ”bloody agents” but the voters will know who to blame. To think that a revolution can be started just because the government wanted to allow a mall on a park.

We appeal to the governments of the City of Cape Town and the province of the Western Cape to take heed of the cause of the events in Turkey and to act like a people’s government and stop the plans to build a mall at Princess Vlei.

Philip M Bam
Secretary: Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance


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