İzmir Mayor Tunç Soyer on Aug. 30 toured the Aegean city on bike to greet locals after the governor's office prevented the municipality from holding a Victory Day parade on a bus, Anka News Agency reported.
İzmir Valiliği'nin üstü açık otobüsün üzerinde 30 Ağustos Zafer Bayramı için halkı selamlamasına izin vermediği İzmir Büyükşehir Belediye Başkanı Tunç Soyer, bisikletle kentte Zafer Turu attı. https://t.co/ELUiTOgqzp pic.twitter.com/Y4JetTlMAM— ANKA Haber Ajansı (@ankahabera) August 30, 2020
An open-top bus was already prepared for the parade, but the governor's office didn't allow Soyer to tour the city on it, therefore forcing the main opposition mayor to lead the bus on a bicycle.
"August 30 is the day of freedom and independence," Soyer told reporters. "I wasn't allowed to be on the bus for the Victory Parade. I'll lead the parade on my bike."
The mayor greeted locals as he rode around town on his bike and in front of the parade bus on which only band members were allowed to travel.
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