The fire that broke out in the ancient city of Hasankeyf in Batman yesterday could be put out late at night. Speaking to bianet, activists from Hasankeyf have asked why helicopters were not involved in the firefighting efforts.
25 bar associations from all over Turkey gathered in Hasankeyf today and requested not to flood Hasankeyf and to stop the Ilisu Dam Project. An important contribution to stop this project of destruction, exploitation and hegemony!
Following a call by the Initiative to Keep Alive (HYG) and the Mesopotamia Ecology Movement (MEM) for the “Big Jump” ecology activists in Hasankeyf, Turkey and the world protested the controversial Ilisu Dam on the 14th of July. This action day (“Big Jump” is an int’l action day since 2002) is the continuation of the growing activities of the last 1,5 months against the Ilisu Dam which is almost ready for the filling of its reservoir. So in the actions in more than 25 places the participants requested the immediate stop of the mega dam which would also devastate the Tigris region along the Tigris also in Iraq.
Below are pictures from the Big Jump done on the 14th July for Hasankeyf and Tigris:
On the 13th July 2019 a group of three artists from the Compagnie Bien a Vous Armanc Kerboranî from Paris (Juan-Golan Elibeg, Thomas Lamouroux ve Aurélie Gerardine) and the Kurdish painter Zehra Dogan organized a performance in the Pergamon Museum of Berlin. The motivation was to draw attention on Hasankeyf and request from the Pergamon Museum to do a call against the flooding of Hasankeyf. Visitors showed big interest in the action which raised big interest also in the media.
Call to come to Hasankeyf to protest Ilisu Dam on 14th July 2019!
[Until now we got information that solidarity action will be done in: Istanbul, Antalya, Avanos Balıkova, Kızılırmak, Sine/Iran, Baghdad, Sarajevo, Berlin, Hamburg, Mainz, Wendland, München, Nürnberg, London, Dundee/Scotland, Kopenhagen, Manlleu/Catalonia, Rio de Janeiro/Brasil, Rome]
On the second Sunday in July each year, people in Europe and beyond do a “big jump” into rivers and lakes as part of a campaign for the conservation and renaturation of our freshwater ecosystems.
24 Iraqi groups (see below), July 10, 2019
Humat Dijlah Association (Tigris River Protectors) – the Iraqi partner for Save the Tigris Campaign – and a wide range of Iraqi civil society organizations, movements, and individuals (signed below) address the Turkish Government to abandon the decision to flood the Ilisu Dam because of the serious environmental effects that will affect directly on Iraq. Where the water supply to major cities and Iraqi agriculture will be at the risk of drought. While the process of filling the dam threatens the natural places that have a diverse biological dimension in Iraq, in particular, the Marshlands, which is one of the natural and heritage sites listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List that is populated by an essential component of Mesopotamia in southern Iraq.
14th July 2019, 1 pm
In front of the Austrian Embassy in Yeniköy/Sariyer, Istanbul
Organized by the “Hasankeyf Coordination” (@HasankeyfKoord)
In Istanbul several civil society organizations have founded the “Hasankeyf Coordination” in order to coordinate the activities for Hasankeyf and the Tigris Valley in the West of Turkey better and stronger.
We call on you to sign this petition started recently for saving Hasankeyf and Tigris and directed to the Turkish government. Text of the petition is below: Sign here!
At their meetings that were held in Athens on 18-19 June 2019, the Board and Council of Europa Nostra deplored the lack of positive news and developments in Hasankeyf. The present public statement is the result of these discussions and serious concerns. It contains numerous reasons why Europa Nostra strongly believes that the Turkish authorities should refrain from flooding Hasankeyf and its surroundings.
On June 25, 2019 more than 23 artists took the stage in solidarity with Hasankeyf. The event was organized by the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive.
Read the article on the event published by Bianet on June 26, 2019: