BDP alleges ‘degeneration’ in Tunceli tavern protest

BDP alleges ‘degeneration’ in Tunceli tavern protest

A Kurdish group protested the recruitment of waitresses in Tunceli taverns with banners.

December 24, 2010, Friday/ 17:12:00/ ALİ HAYDAR GÖZLÜ

Another demonstration has taken place in the province of Tunceli, where some citizens previously had protested the town’s taverns, alleging that their increased use of waitresses undermines the moral fabric of society.

As a number of protesters organized by the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) marched Wednesday night demanding that taverns be closed, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the provincial office of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party). However, there was no damage or injuries as the incendiary device missed the building.

The protest attracted approximately 2,000 people, including the BDP’s Mayor of Tunceli Edibe Şahin. Some of the demonstrators covered their faces. The protestors made a statement to the press at Seyid Rıza Park, saying that Tunceli is in danger of moral degeneration. They warned the managers of the taverns and claimed that drug dealers are active in such taverns with the knowledge of the police.

The protesters also protested police operations against children in the predominantly Kurdish provinces of Turkey. They said while police are ineffective in combating drug dealers, they often will go after children. “Everybody should know that young people are responsible for the future of the Kurdish public,” the statement read.

Another concern the protestors expressed was about the dams that are planned in Tunceli. The protesters stated that they believe the dams will destroy the unique geography and natural environment of their province.

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