The district governor's office of Burhaniye on the Aegean coast has banned this year's Zeytinli Rock Festival, the biggest gathering of Turkey's best rock, citing “public security.”
A decision released by the governor's office on Aug. 10 read: “Taking into consideration several complaints filed by our citizens, it [festival] has not been seen appropriate for the protection of public security and health, society's peace and environment.”
The festival, which was planned to take place between Aug. 17-21, hosts several artists and thousands of music lovers every year.
Several musicians slammed the governor's decision on social media, with rock band Redd saying: “This 'bad, mediocre' mentality that has been casting a shadow on our youth for the 20 years, will soon end. We will organize bigger festivals that day.”
Müziğe uygulanan tüm yasakları, gericiliği, bağnazlığı, sığındığı çapsız bahaneleri, büründüğü takiyeciliği her daim Reddettik! ve devam edeceğiz. 20 yıldır gençliğimize gölge etmiş, bu "kötü, vasat" zihniyet yakında son bulacak. O gün daha büyük festivaller yapacağız. https://t.co/sg2TrOeInF— Redd 🌈 (@reddseyirdefter) August 10, 2022
Another very popular rock band Mor ve Ötesi wrote: “The youth of this country with their independent ideas and consciousness, deserve more than everything that their peers in the world have. This summer is the last summer of prohibitionism."
bu ülkenin fikri hür vicdanı hür gençleri, dünyadaki bütün akranlarının sahip olduğu her şeye fazlasıyla layıktır.— mor ve ötesi (@mvoofficial) August 10, 2022
bu yaz, yasakçılığın son yazıdır.
birlikte şarkılar söyleye söyleye bu deli gömleğini yırtıp atacağız.
Rock band Moğollar wrote: “What is trying to be banned is not a festival, but the youth's freedom and right of choice. Then with a high voice today: Something needs to be done!”