LOCAL > Protestors in Ankara go through with ‘kissing action’ despite police mobilization


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Many protesters carried out their demonstration without being intimidated by the police or the organizers of a counter-campaign.  DAILY NEWS photo, Selahattin SÖNMEZ

Many protesters carried out their demonstration without being intimidated by the police or the organizers of a counter-campaign. DAILY NEWS photo, Selahattin SÖNMEZ

Ankara locals managed to take their mass kissing demonstrations to the city’s Kurtuluş subway station as planned despite heavy security measures and opposing groups that tried to intervene at the site. 

The protest had been scheduled late last week in response to a public announcement made at the station that called on passengers to behave within moral codes, causing a strong public reaction and prompting the unusual protest. 

People were invited to gather at the Kurtuluş station and kiss in public, and around 200 protesters arrived on May 25 to join in. 

The group however faced strong police mobilization as officers tried to block the gates of the station to prevent protesters from going in. The couples kissed outside the station for some time but eventually several of them managed to pass the police wall and take their protest to the scheduled location. 

A conservative group appeared at the protest and tried to break apart the demonstration, chanting religious slogans. Police forces had to intervene to prevent further clashes. 

Several demonstrators were attacked by opposing group members as they headed home following the protests, according to Doğan News Agency. 

A public announcement was made last week in the city’s Kurtuluş subway station that called on passengers to “behave in accordance with moral codes.” The call targeted young couples, who were “acting inappropriately,” according to subway officials.


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Can Oz

5/28/2013 1:58:33 AM

Concerning Syria, no one is being completely honest. Its all just a bunch of half-truths. Unfortunately there are some Kemalists who even believe the Iranian press before Turkish media. AKP should be voted out, but that doesn't mean hating them to the point of irrationality.

young genius

5/28/2013 12:45:04 AM

Okay, it was scandalous when a knife appeared.

young genius

5/27/2013 11:39:20 PM

This event was exaggerated by the foreign media. I saw it on Turkish news. Nothing big. Nothing so scandalous. It was just a group of 10 young men most likely coming from a mosque who formed the opposition. I'm glad there are still people in Türkiye disobeying and counter protesting laws haha. There's still some hope.

a shah

5/27/2013 6:11:07 PM

Richard Wyatt immorality and indecency of the decadent european culture emulating which will define the indecent and immoral Turk who I believe will be adopted by the unwary Turk just to to be accepted as being modern , liberated and civilized by european standards.

Socialist TRK

5/27/2013 6:08:29 PM

Can Oz - However the same cannot be said about the bombings in Reyhanlı whereby both government/emergency services and media attention were very slow in acting. As far as I am aware, the government limited what was published regarding the bombings and death of 50 people... Thus I am always dubious of what is in Turkish media

Can Oz

5/27/2013 5:40:20 PM

Socialist TRK - Turkey always feels much more pleasant from a domestic perspective. Foreign press spreads a lot of negative propaganda, especially since Turkey started criticizing Israel. Don't believe what you read unless you find corroborating articles in the Turkish press.

Socialist TRK

5/27/2013 3:38:12 PM

I also read via alternative sources "One person was stabbed when about 20 Islamists chanting "Allah Akhbar" (God is Greatest) and some carrying knives attacked the demonstrators on Saturday"

anton supertramp

5/27/2013 1:26:10 PM

congrat to protestors, they are in first phase of going for 3 kids let them finish what they have started, shortcuts doesnt do the trick ;)

Brian Irlanda

5/27/2013 1:06:07 PM

abid a shah shah. It is obvious you have never been to Turkey. A moral and decent Turk feel they have the freedom to kiss in public if they wish. Much better than the morals in countries like Yemen where kissing in public is not allowed but an old age pervert can legally marry an 8 year old child! Young modern Turks have morals in keeping with their own personal freedoms that are expected in a democracy.

Bill Miyorum

5/27/2013 12:44:24 PM

Interesting that you didn't specify that the protesters were Islamic fundamentalists shouting Allahu akbar, and carrying KNIVES! Why were you afraid to publish that fact? Too focused on Erdogan's latest doltish comments? Sadly, Turkey can only choose from among Islamists, socialists, nationalists, and separatists - and this is the result. Why don't any political parties here simply focus on individual liberty and limited, responsible government, rather than trying to enrich their own tribes?
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