Turkey has been recently discussing a different topic. The mayor of Bolu, a province located in the Marmara region of Turkey, announced that he would erect a statue for Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is known to be opposed to the art of sculpture due to his Islamic beliefs.
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The Reaction Statue Tanju Özcan, the mayor of Bolu, stands out with his nationalist discourse. He frequently makes harsh statements against the refugees, whose population is estimated to have reached 10 million in Turkey. Mayor Özcan recently announced on Twitter that if Erdogan wins the 2023 Presidential elections again, he will erect a statue of Erdogan.
Translate: Tanju Özcan
Before the elections, I tweeted, “If President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who engaged in dirty dealings with the PKK during the peace process, walked hand in hand with FETO, and subjected the people to hunger, wins the election once again, I will erect a gigantic statue in the most prominent place in Bolu.
“To fulfill my promise, I sought permission from President Erdogan.
Today, I received a response. President Erdogan did not grant permission for the statue to be erected. He advised us to distribute the funds to the poor. Following his advice, as we always do, we will continue to assist those in need in a just manner, “as Prophet Muhammad advised, giving with the right hand without letting the left hand know.
“I believe the matter has now been closed.
Polls were misleading
All the polls conducted for the 2023 Presidential elections in Turkey turned out to be wrong, and the prediction that Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu would win did not come true. In recent years, the influx of refugees from countries such as Afghanistan, Syria, and Africa has caused reactions from the Turkish people, while the Erdogan government has been making statements that support the refugees.
The refugee crisis, economic crisis, sluggishness of judicial institutions, regression of the democratic structure, and the influence of religious institutions on politics have led to the prediction that Erdogan will not win in the next election.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who received 52% of the votes in the second round of the elections, became the President again. Following this development, Mayor Tanju Özcan of Bolu announced on Twitter that he stood by his words and would build the statue.
The water price is 10 times more expensive for foreigners
Bolu Municipality is known for its hostility towards refugees. Previously, the Mayor had stated on Twitter that refugees living in Bolu province would have to pay more for the water provided by the municipality. He specifically mentioned that Syrian refugees would have water bills that are 10 times higher, and these statements sparked a significant controversy in Turkey.
Please note that this translation is provided to the best of my ability, but slight variations in wording or tone may occur.
Laws do not permit a statue of a living person
Although Mayor Ozcan wanted to keep his word, there was a legal issue. According to the Turkish constitution, permission must be obtained from a living person to create their statue. Otherwise, even if they are the President, the statue cannot be erected. Due to this law, the mayor of Bolu sent a letter to Erdogan, requesting permission. Although many people on social media thought that Erdogan would grant permission, it did not happen. In a letter advising the mayor of Bolu to provide assistance to the poor instead of erecting the statue, Erdogan stated that he did not give permission for the statue to be erected.
As a result, a topic that has occupied the agenda of social media users for a month has quietly come to an end.