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28 Dec 2019 | 07:59 PM UTC

Turkey: Political parties schedule demonstrations in İstanbul December 30

Political parties announce demonstrations against the canal project in İstanbul on December 30; heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions expected



At least two political parties have called for demonstrations in İstanbul on Monday, December 30, to oppose President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's canal project. Members of the Turkish Workers' Party are organizing a protest at 14:00 (local time) at the Provincial Directorate of Environment and Urbanization in Beşiktaş. Supporters of the Republican People's Party plan to gather between 11:00 and 14:00 at Armonipark

A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are expected near all demonstration sites. 


The 400 meter-wide (1312 ft) 'Kanal Istanbul' would connect the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, and divert maritime traffic away from the congested Bosporus strait. However, environmental activists have denounced the environmental impact of the project. 


Individuals in İstanbul are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations, anticipate transportation and business disruptions near demonstration sites, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.