2019 Local Elections and Unjust Practices of AKP

Hello Everyone,

31th of March was a crucial day for the Turkish people as the local elections took place in but this was no ordinary local election in various ways. It was an election of unjust practices and slap to the oppressive government of Turkey.

Unjust Practices

Media

First of all, most of the media organizations were controlled by the government and before the elections they constantly advertised and gave screen time to the pro-government candidates. It is especially sad to see such media organizations like TRT which is the first broadcasting organization of Turkey and CNN Turk which was supposed to promote liberalism fall into the government’s hands. The state of media organizations could be seen below,

But media doesn’t end here, in Istanbul people use public transportation heavily and of course the public transportation is maintained by IBB which is Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. Before the elections AKP was in the lead of IBB and they constantly streamed pro-government propaganda on their advertisement screens without mentioning any other parties.

Finally, social media is also considered media and it is heavily used in Turkey. With the huge amount of money, the government put on pro-government advertisements on YouTube as well as smear campaign against the opposition candidates on the same platform. It is shocking that YouTube allowed such alt-right and smear campaigns on their platform but I guess money talks?

Smear Campaign

Before the elections every government organization including the president should have been neutral but that wasn’t the case here. As I mentioned above, there were a lot of smear campaigns on social media and one-sided propaganda for pro-government candidates on the media outlets.

Unfortunately, the president was no way near to being neutral, he made rallies on behalf of the other candidates and even divided his folk into two by calling the opposition as the Zillet İttifakı which means Alliance of Humiliation. He called the opposition and their voters explicitly on his social media account as can be seen below,

Denial

The government and its supporters lost major cities in this election but they are in denial and accusing the opposition of cheating the elections. It is ironic that after all these years of unjust practices, they are accusing a weak opposition of accomplishing such a hard task.

Source:https://secim.haberler.com/

Bye Bye Istanbul, Bye Bye Stress, Hello Bodrum and Happiness

Hello Everyone!

2017-2018 has been a busy timeline in my life, it’s filled with university, certificate programmes, teaching experiences, dramas and stress. On last Friday I thought about going on a vacation and finally I’ve decided going to Bodrum for that. I packed my stuff, called my father and immediately left home on Sunday 😁

On my way to Atatürk Airport I had to use underground railways and to my surprise they were crowded than usual due to Erdogan’s rally which made first part of my journey a bit bad.

After my arrival I had to walk this never-ending like alley and then entered domestic flights terminal then everything went smoothly. Before the boarding I got hungry and had a dinner at Burger King which wasn’t really delicious but filled my tummy at least 🙄

After boarding the plane I was mesmerised with the scenery of the airport. Seeing everything working in an order and lights of the buildings in the evening were just awesome to see 😍

While we were waiting for our turn to take off, Turkish Airlines’ crew celebrated Eid and gave chocolates to the passengers. To be honest it was a really delicious one 😋

After 30 minutes waiting for our turn, finally our plane took off and I experienced that sweet excitement of taking off just like the first time 😁

After taking off, my eyes were mesmerised with the view of Istanbul. A shiny, crowded and a beautiful city was slowly fading away and we were slowly getting into the darkness of the night’s sea.

During the flight we were given a sandwich which consisted of tomatoes, cheese and olives and several kinds of beverages. The sandwich was really delicious and its bread was amazingly soft! If you ever fly with THY, you gotta try it 😁

After 85 minutes of flight, we finally arrived to Bodrum and slowly started to descend for landing. Seeing Milas-Bodrum Airport on the sight made me happy and excited for my vacation and then we landed 😁

After landing I had to use the airport’s shuttle to reach my destination which is Gundogan. To be honest, the shuttles were really well organised and comfortable, I’m very satisfied with them 😁

And now I’m here, in my house ☺ Hopefully it’s going to be a great vacation for me 😁

Thank you for reading and leaving your time!