IbrahimAbi

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A total of 300 women living in Istanbul saw the Bosphorus Strait for the first time in their lives even though they have been living in the city for 30 years, as part of a project carried out by the Maltepe Municipality.

The municipality has been organizing boat tours on the Bosphorus for women who are confined to their houses for several reasons, including financial dependencies and the obligation to look after their relatives with disabilities.

Hundreds of women living in Istanbul enjoy seeing Bosphorus for first time - AY?E ARMAN
 

Saoirse

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Sounds simply a decent lad

Which party is this mayor from?
 
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IbrahimAbi

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As far as I can work out CHP party. Their website makes interesting viewing too. This initiative is not just a one-off.
 
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bal canavar

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No coincidence it's from the more enlightened CHP district of Maltepe of Istanbul besides Kadıköy and a CHP Mayor.

Maltepe electorate used to vote for the now extinct ANAP center right party before trying AKP when it first took power, but they saw the light in 2009 and have voted for CHP. Ali Kılıç is an all inclusive socialist Mayor
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This was a letter the same Mayor put out on the Maltepe Municipality site

Firstly, we want people to live in our county with 500.000 individuals by extending their friendly hands to each other. In a period where the groups born with same religion but sharing different beliefs do not hesitate slaughtering each other, the only element we need is peace."

"EVERYONE WILL BE ABLE TO LIVE WITH THEIR BELIEFS FREELY"

In the information letter he wrote regarding the decision by the Municipality Council about the personnel being able to use "compassionate leave" in line with their beliefs in Muharrem and Christmas week, Mayor Kılıç continued: "We are in favor of the fact that each individual belonging to the beliefs of the minority that lives in our county Maltepe should live their religion-belief according to their traditions.

For this, we accepted the day seen the most important by the persons within our municipality personnel, even one person, as a 'holiday' regardless of the belief s/he has. Accordingly, when Christians want to celebrate Christmas, Yom Kippur for Hebrews, Dzununt for Armenians, Red Wednesday for Ezidis, Hano Tritho for Assyrians; they will be able to take a leave and make their prayers or celebrations."

"WE ARE ON THE SAME BOAT"

Highlighting in this letter that there are over 25 million Alevi citizens in Turkey, on which almost 100% Muslim people live, Mayor Kılıç concluded his letter: "Alevis meet in 'djemevi' to conduct their prayers. However, djemevis are seen as "Belief and Culture Center" by those in power, whereas our djemevis are sanctuaries as much as mosques. And in Maltepe Municipality Council, we decided that the djemevis within our county borders would be accepted as sanctuaries. These two decisions are firsts in Turkey and will contribute greatly to establish peace in national sense. We have no doubts that these decisions, which were suggested by the Republican People’s Party members of our Municipality Council and accepted with the votes of the same members, will spread from our county Maltepe and reflect positively to our country and region.
As in each step taken for peace, we have no doubts for you to stand with these decisions. Because we are on the same boat whose decks are in the same waters

Letter to world leaders from Mayor Ali K?l?ç - T.C. Maltepe Belediyesi
 

IbrahimAbi

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An excellent letter, expressing the views that many of us hold. I sincerely hope that it causes others in Turkey to think about the future and positions of marginal groups in their communities.
Thanks for posting Bal C
 

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