A ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) municipality has prevented the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İBB) from holding an activity for children in the Zeytinburnu district.
İBB set up a makeshift tent at a park in the district as part of activities named “We are learning with the mobile library.”
A mobile library bus belonging to the İBB has been wandering around the city, to serve children with reading opportunities with fresh air and social distancing.
The AKP-run Zeytinburnu municipality however ordered the cancellation of the event, with its officials ousting the children from the tent and taking away the equipment.
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Zeytinburnu district deputy chair Süleyman Dağ released a video footage showing AKP municipality officials telling children to leave the area.
“It is now children who have been exposed to the discriminative and marginalizing implementations of AKP municipalities. We are condemning Zeytinburnu municipality's shameful act,” Dağ wrote on Twitter.
AKP’li Belediyelerin yaptığı ayrımcı ve ötekileştirici uygulamalarına bu kez ÇOCUKLAR maruz kaldı.— Süleyman Dağ (@suleymandag) July 14, 2021
İlçemize gelen İBB’ye ait “500İG gezici kütüphane eğlenerek öğreniyoruz” adlı etkinlik otobüsü beledye ekiplerince kaldırıldı. ZEYTİNBURNU BELEDİYESİNİN yaptığı bu ayıbı KINIYORUZ. pic.twitter.com/FepJwwANeB
In response, Zeytinburnu municipality wrote on Twitter that the İBB had not received permission for the event.
CHP Istanbul chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu also released the images, saying no one should “sacrifice children for political ambition.”
“This is a manifestation of an understanding that cannot see citizens, feel these children's happiness. We will get rid of this understanding together, very soon,” Kaftancıoğlu tweeted, sharing a hashtag that calls for early elections.
Sebep?— Canan Kaftancıoğlu (@Canan_Kaftanci) July 14, 2021
Siyasi hırs uğruna bari çocuklara kıymayın diyeceğim ama nafile..
Vatandaşı görmeyen, şuradaki çocukların mutluluğunu hissedemeyen bir anlayışın tezahürü bu davranış
Bu anlayıştan hep birlikte kurtulacağız hem de çok yakında#HemenSeçim https://t.co/yV5QvMuUGq