Ekrem İmamoğlu’s statement regarding “photo” reactions:

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the executions of Ekrem İmamoğlu, the Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Deniz Gezmiş, Yusuf Aslan and Hüseyin İnan, the “50 years of the seas reaching infinity on the road to a Turkey Fully Independent” organized by the Metropolitan of Istanbul Municipality and Deniz Gezmiş Foundation for Independence and Freedom at Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall. İmamoğlu’s wife, Dilek Kaya İmamoğlu, Istanbul CHP MP Turan Aydoğan and Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Council Group Deputy Chairman Doğan Subaşı also attended the event.

Emel Korkmaz, the mother of Ali İsmail Korkmaz, who was killed during the Gezi Park protests, and his older brother Gürkan Korkmaz were among the names who attended the event.

Artists Cengiz Özkan, Hüseyin Turan, Yasemin Göksu and Bulutsız Özlemi and the Mongolian band performed a concert at the event hosted by poet, writer and theater actor Sunay Akın.

During the event, a plaque was presented to CHP President Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu by the Deniz Gezmiş Independence and Freedom Foundation. Istanbul CHP MP Turan Aydoğan and Şemside Yener received the plaque on behalf of Kılıçdaroğlu.

In his speech here, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Mayor İmamoğlu said:


There are a lot of good people here. The young boys and ladies of the 68 generation are there. The Gezmiş family is here. And of course, very precious friends who were inspired by it are here. 68 years old, actually anywhere in the world; It is a year in which events begin that will lead to social changes. Generation 68 took to the streets with this different request and boldly put forward their wishes. It was the desire for liberation and the expression of free thought. They have made their voices heard around the world with great success. Here are some of the most important representatives of this generation in our country, some of them lost their lives; but unfortunately Denizler, Yusufs, Husseins will never exist, they will not be sought, they cost us our lives with great injustice as a disgrace to the history of our country. But he has a characteristic like this: 68 generations have never died in the eyes of Denizs, Yusufs and Hussein, and they will never die. We live it tonight.

İmamoğlu referred to his photograph, which was taken with journalists during his Black Sea tour and criticized:


“Nowhere will there be a different language, no matter what room it is in. Therefore, there may be people who try to sacrifice themselves for a photo, there may be people who say they think and believe the same things I do, or people who unfortunately succumb to their momentary ambitions, or in an effort to differentiate through team colors. There may be those who are unaware that they are carrying l water to other people’s mills, there may be some who know, and there may be some who do. But it will run for your brother. I don’t care. Therefore, I say this for: such great ideals, such great events. While talking and discussing with enthusiasm, whatever the case, the people who lead this file, or another of our friends can arrive on small details. I have not invitation. I invite you to be wise.

Because we have no choice but to succeed. While my dear companion Tayfun was sentenced to 18 years in prison in Silivri, together with him, his other friends, who had no other ideal in his life than to love his homeland and do his job for 18 years, suffered this anarchy in a week, on a photo, on the colors of a team. I watch with wonder the minds of those who try to invent concepts.

“IF WE CAN’T ERASE THE TRACES OF THIS wickedness and bigotry, we are all in debt”

“Without saying these facts, without facing them, millions of people are like a bright person like Deniz Gezmiş, a bright young person like Yusuf and Hüseyin, they are even younger than me. They are still 21, 22, 23 years old. If we could not erase the traces of these evils and bigotry, we are all indebted to you, my dear friends. I will not be one of those who shouts “We are the soldiers of Mustafa Kemal” as a dry word. him his due; those who try to give the right to the republic, to democracy, to peace and freedom, be careful. They must not forget that there is this great fight which awaits them and that it is essential to succeed in the great process. Little people take care of small details, small works. We are 85 million in The great should be the people of this great ideal, and next year we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the republic, to engage with this country in a process in which el everyone is equal because of their citizenship, our state, which can talk to each other, reconcile with each other, have a smile on their face, destroy their prejudices, and the state extends a hand of warm compassion instead of fear, and makes everyone equal because they are citizens, and let’s not forget that it is our duty to keep it alive.”

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