Vandalism in Besiktas

There is an exhibition that you might have noticed when driving or walking alongside the boulevard which takes you from Dolmabahce to Besiktas and from Besiktas to Ortakoy. They host pictures of Ataturk. Different stages of his life are portrayed with huge photographs of him and various other important people.
Last night, three of these pictures we’re vandalised and stoned down by individuals with no respect for the father of our country. I’m concerned about the amount of disrespect and disregard for our modern values that such an act portrays. I’m proud of what Ataturk has done for my country.

5 Comments so far

  1. Meral (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 10:05 am

    Has it ever occured to those villains who committed that shamless, impudent vandalism that without Atatürk and people like him, they would have not been born probably, let alone having all those advantages, conditions in life they have now?


  2. vera (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 12:49 pm
  3. Murat Altinbasak (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 3:53 pm

    No Vera, it wasn’t “persiflage” on the part of the author. It was sincere disappointment and pride, expressed both succinctly and honestly. Look into it.

    Projection of your own nonchalance about such matters upon others is quite telling! Do you condone all vandalism? or do you only condone vandalism against Ataturk?


  4. vera (unregistered) on April 13th, 2006 @ 5:24 pm

    what do you mean with vandalism? İ think the usage of atatürk as a nationalist symbol is strange. and how people react, if this is quetioned is eveb stranger.
    and: its about politics, not about feelings. so İ am not sorry to provoke in any way.


  5. Idil (unregistered) on April 13th, 2006 @ 5:45 pm

    Neither Murat or I said anything about provocation. But if you classify your own response as a way to provoke, then it’s not even worthy of a comment. The article was about something that I personally found sad and wanted to share which is my right since I am an author on this blog. If you believe that an offensive and sarcastic response is approprite to the article then thats your right, but I won’t be provoked.



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