Teams of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İBB) early on April 19 started the demolition works of illegal cafes on the Üsküdar coast.
Municipal police however faced the reaction of cafe owners, with one person mounting at the top of one of the cafes with his gun and instructing demolition teams to stop their works.
İBB spokesperson shared a footage showing the person holding the gun with the post of: “Who is this person with the gun? What is happening at the illegal cafes in Üsküdar?”
Kim bu silahlı kişi? Üsküdar’daki kaçak kafelerde neler oluyor? pic.twitter.com/hblDrTEMDm— Murat Ongun (@Mrt_Ongun) April 19, 2023
Üsküdar police launched an investigation into the incident and detained the person known by the initials of T.S., who was determined to be a relative of one of the cafe owners. The gun was also determined to be unlicensed.
After the tension, the İBB teams continued on with their works and completed the demolition.
Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu also commented on the issue in a tweet, saying: “We have been successful in our struggle against illegal cafes next to Kuşkonmaz Mosque. Despite all prevention efforts, we have brought the nation’s property to the nation again. Best wishes to Üsküdar.”
Millet kazandı…— Ekrem İmamoğlu (@ekrem_imamoglu) April 19, 2023
Üsküdar Kuşkonmaz Camii yanındaki kaçak kafelerle mücadelemizde başarılı olduk. Tüm koruma çabalarına rağmen, milletin malını tekrar millete kazandırdık. Üsküdar’a hayırlı olsun. pic.twitter.com/ABBWZHgz8s
The İBB had previously taken a decision to demolish the relevant illegal cafes as they were constructed in violation of the zoning plan. The cafe owners had appealed the İBB’s decision at a court, but their demand was turned down, with the court finding the municipality justified.
The İBB teams had wanted to start the demolition works on April 10, but their works were then prevented by the police assigned by the Üsküdar district governor’s office.