Hasankeyf Youth Camp organized

Between the 28th and 30th of September 2012 the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive organized a “Hasankeyf Youth Camp” in the district city Hasankeyf which is threatened by the Ilisu Dam Project. More than 120 young people, mostly from around the affected region, participated in this camp directly at the Tigris River in order to discuss the impacts of dams and what can be done in the next months and years against the disastrous Ilisu Dam.
Activists from six dam affected regions from the Kurdistan region of the Republic of Turkey (except one non-Kurdistan region) introduced their cases and consequently discussed critically the dam and water resources policy of the Turkish state. It was first emphasized that the dams in the Kurdish provinces have additionally a political/military dimension. Then it was said often that dams are the biggest ecological threat in most regions of these provinces and in all Turkey. Further participants mentioned the needed efforts to have a better relation with the whole nature of which the human being is a part of.
Based on the discussions the second day proposals have been collected from the participants. Two fields stand in the focus of the participants. First: Comprehensive Information and Organizing of affect people. This is the basis for all other campaign aspects. Second: The media, especially the new social media, must be used more consequently.

The camp ended in a very good atmosphere and some new volunteers could be founded for the extremely difficult to be in all possible relation. And this although the Turkish companies and Andritz have just finished the tunnels and has announced to impound water. The time is running out. Time for more resistance…

In the attachment are some pictures of the camp.

They burned cars, beat the workers and security guards


Source: Haberler.com

People who are against the hydroelectric plant in Trabzon’s county of Çaykara burned down a car and beat the security guards and workers. Gendarma took 3 people into custody.

According to a claim, at 4:00 o c’lock in the morning a group of people wearing masks burned the road construction digger which was building equipment  for the hydroelectric plant.  After burning down the  machine the group of 10 people beat  2 security guards and other workers. After the incident Gendarme started an investigation and identified 4 of the suspects, 3 of them  were taken into custody, and Gendarma started to look for other suspects who were  identified by people who had been  beaten.Investigation is ongoing for this incident.

The decision to “confiscate” for HES Stopped

18/06/2012 2:00

Enis Tayman/Radikal Gazetesi

İSTANBUL-6. Council of state decided to stop the executive in the lawsuit of elazığ peri suyu pebmelik dam.by that desicion, the urgent expropriation of EPDK denied until the outcome of lawsuit.

The Council of state,wouldn’t give the aouthory of urgent expropriation to another instution.Firstly the aouthory of  “confiscate” has been in the expropriation law to be used during the war in 1939.council of ministers handed over this right to the Energy Market Regulatory Authority(EPDK) in 2004.EPDK used this right for petroleum,natural gas,mining and energy sectors.this way,before used the urban renewal of Mersin Özgürlük,Çilek and Çay districts and cyanide mining projects of İzmir-Efemçukuru and Uşak-Eşme.also this way used in hasankeyf,amasya-taşova and dersim HES dam projescts.

For the dam project of elazığ –karakoçan called pembelik barajı they resorted to the same treatment and they confiscated the possessions of Hasan Akyol by the urgent expropriation.6.council of state stopped excecutive for the aouthority given to another instution.akyol’s lawyer mehmet horuş said the executive decision includes also the council of ministers.

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Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive


Press Release/26.07.2012

Dam construction site destroyed in the Kurdish East of Turkey!

On the 25th July, Wednesday, more than 500 protesting people in the. Kurdish province Dersim have destroyed the construction site of the, highly criticized Pembelik Dam on the Peri River. Since September 2012 local affected people along the Peri River, a border River of the two provinces Dersim (Tunceli) and Elazig protest continously against the construction of the 77 m high and 125 MW Pembelik Dam on the Peri River. Since then they have pitched protest tents close to the construction site of the dam which they refuse categorically. The affected people criticize the state for destroying the livelihoods of thousands of people through the construction of the Pembelik and other dams on the Peri River and for excluding them from any dam construction activities. Two other dams have been built in the past and have resulted in negative impacts for people and nature in the whole valley. Although the protest continues for so long and there is a big regional and national solidarity, no state official took into consideration the local people. More than 500 people, affected people and people in solidarity with them, gathered close to the dam in order to start a protest demonstration. It was one day before the start of the annual big Munzur Culture and Nature Festival which is the biggest cultural event in the province of Dersim. After marching some kilometers they decided to occupy the dam constructing site although it is protected by many security guards. These guards and dozens of soldiers could not stopped the people although they fired in the air. The protesters overcame the gates and fences and then destroyed several construction machines and some buildings by fire.To date this protest is the most radical one in the Kurdish region of  the Republic of Turkey. In Dersim for more than ten years there are protests by people against dams which are refused by more than 90% of the population. It considers the dams as tools to destroy the wild  nature, to displace people and to “pacify” the rebellious province Dersim.

The anger of women to HES

Ahmet bayrak/muğla(DHA)

The hydroelectric power plant(HES) that will be built on muğla göktepe and çamoluk villages, protested.

Female Members of Mediterrenean greens assocation and göktepe-çamoluk villages sarhoş stream platform had a meeting and they showed kind of banner.CHP(turkish republic party) muğla city president said that they will have a discussion on turkish parlamento by parlamantars.göktepe and çamoluk stream platform lawyer kadriye beceren “muğla 2.administrative court will deal with the issue that our request for stop that execution”.mediterrenean greens assocation’s leader mustafa turgut said that the people of region ask us for help them to stop the demolition and he said “we are together with our friends and we will be together on that protest”another protester fatma kavlak(79) said “if its necessary we will give our lifes to not loose our nature”

Alcohol protest at Sarhoş stream against HES

June 18 Monday

Cihan news agency

There was intereseting protest in muğla-göktepe village against hydroelectric power plants(HES).akdeniz yeşiller derneği,dev-lis and chp supported the protest but from the 2000 populated village there was less people to support.protesters entertained with music and swam in the stream.

Protesters responses countinues aganist HES that will be built on sarhoş stream.peasantry prosecuted HES april 10 2012, after HES information conference.today,peasantry met again near the stream and protested.men are drunk alcohol and women entered in the water with a banner.

One of the protesters lawyer kadriye beceren,said they prosecuted again HES and they gave all information to the court.göktepe village reeve tuncay demirtaş said that they will never give their own earth and they will have argue til the end.chief executive of akdeniz yeşiller assocation mustafa turgut told that “the people of göktepe asked us for help so we are here now.that was a good protest and it will go on.we will take this stream.there is no life without water.life is water.we will not give our life to them.”

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HES Tension: 5 People in Custody

There were clashes at the site of Trabzon Çaykara HES. 3 workers were injured in the incident, five villagers were arrested. n the city of Trabzon Çaykara where the construction of hydroelectric stations (HES) goes on, the local people are against it. There were clashes between the farmers and workers in the HES construction site. 70 villagers were questioned about the incident, five people were arrested.
The demonstration was made at 19:00 clock in Köknar village in the HES construction. According to witnesses, the villagers wanted the workers to stop the construction of the HES. Between the people and the construction workers came to litigation. The three construction workers were injured, were taken by ambulance to the hospital. The military police have arrested according to the testimony of the 70 villagers five people, Ali D., D. İslam, Rafet Ş., Ş Nizamettin. G. Engin ve been brought for assault to the police station. A short time before it came between the villagers from Kavlatan and the HES workers to dispute. With painstaking help other people, the villagers and the worker were taken apart. After the incidents must the military police had to take extensive security measures that offer construction workers back to the HES construction

The Guerrillas have the Machines that are used for the Construction of Dams set on Fire

2012-07-14 10:50:03

ANF 10:46 / July 14, 2012 Hakkari – Semdinli district of Hakkari Beyyurdu (Bedeve) Arslandağ (Xaletalin) Dam construction worker machines were burned.


Used for reports of Semdinli District Beyyurdu (Bedeve) Arslandağ (Xaletalin) Dam Construction in construction, the fire of the HPG guerrillas has been set.  A group of guerrillas held after the night at 02:00 clock a speech on dams on the site, they set fire to about 30 tools. After the vehicles were set on fire an operation has started. The construction of the dam began in 2008, is expected to cost 73 million 430 thousand TL, so that the passage to prevent the guerrillas can be prevented.

Iran’s Dam Policy and the Case of the Lake Urmia

Ercan Ayboğa & Akgün Ilhan

Iran has been one of the states with the highest rate of dam construction worldwide in the recent years. The construction of hundreds of dams on rivers combined with a non-participative and non-democratic approach has lead to numerous ecological, social, cultural and political problems and conflicts in the past years. There is much public criticism over the intense dam building policy and its impacts. In particular, the case of the Lake Urmia has led to hot debates and many protests within the Iranian society regarding the destructive dams in the country. [Read more...]

The Administrative Court of Batman Decided: Ilisu Dam is Beneficial!

Source: Radikal, 06.06.2012

The Batman Administrative Court decided about a counter claim that Ilisu Dam should be built because Turkey will nationally benefit from its energy production and irrigation facilities. On the desicion, the court accepted that the project has not cared about cultural historical heritage till now but after this moment, it “will” care!

This desicion is not the end of juridical process because the case will be conveyed the higher court by advocates. However, this desicion also show the juridical process in Turkey about environment issue: the courts always tend to decide parallel with the government!