Turkish popstar Tarkan has thrown his support behind locals who have been protesting plans to expand a coal mine in Akbelen forest in the southern province of Muğla's Milas district.
“Environment massacrists who are after profits do not take the warnings of the climate crisis seriously and continue to destruct our forests. Our forests all over our country are being massacred. Leave the environment alone. Wake up now!” Tarkan tweeted on Aug. 10, sharing footage showing the gendarmerie's attack against villagers protecting Akbelen forest.
Rant peşindeki doğa katliamcıları iklim krizinin uyarılarını ciddiye almıyor ve ormanlarımızı yok etmeye devam ediyor.— Tarkan (@tarkan) August 10, 2021
Ülkemizin dört bir yanında ormanlarımız katlediliyor.
Rahat bırakın doğayı artık.
Uyanın artık! #AkbelenOrmanınıTerketmiyoruz https://t.co/QUi8SNlQnp. pic.twitter.com/T6g8WF8w8M
In the middle of the night on Aug. 9, the gendarmerie attacked villagers who have been keeping a watch over Akbelen forest against Limak Holding.
The company has recently tried to take advantage of the forest fires to cut down trees to expand the coal mine in the area, which has been supplying coal to the nearby Yeniköy Thermal Power Plant.
Locals later started a sit-in to prevent the destruction of forest lands and said that they will file a complaint against the company for cutting trees in an area that doesn't even belong to it.
However as their sit-in was continuing, locals faced a brutal gendarmerie intervention on the night of Aug. 9 and were dragged outside the forest lands. The gendarmerie later set up barricades around the resistance area.
Today new @IPCC_CH report is just out.— POLEN Ekoloji (@PolenEkoloji) August 9, 2021
And in Turkey, government and gendarmerie attack in the middle of the night to the villagers protecting #Akbelen forest against a coal-mine company (@LimakEnerji) during a wildfire.
Here is the ecocide and its perpetrators.#ClimateCrisis pic.twitter.com/0CCk9oIKR9
Villagers and environmentalists have emphasized that they will continue their resistance despite efforts to wear them down.