Part of Istanbul's ancient city walls collapsed in the historic Sulukule neighborhood. The collapse is the second in the past two months, with another part crumbling on May 3.
In 2008, then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed to “save Sulukule from its state of monstrosity” invoking the same word for monstrosity (ucube) he later used to describe the Statue of Humanity, a sculpture built in the eastern province of Kars to symbolize friendship between Turkey and Armenia. Like Sulukule, the statue was torn down.
Istanbul Municipality recently tore down fences around a renovated historic block that was gated-in to give the appearance of a housing complex to a city block. With a history of booming nightlife, Istanbul's Sulukule neighborhood became the site of a state urban transformation project in 2005.