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Old 10th June 2011, 13:01   #1 (permalink)
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Last night, around midnight, the most bizarre of scenes took place on the streets of Turunç as the mayor , Ali Fuat Fidan, stumbled through the village streets, fuelled by raki and a long simmering feud with a major family of the village. He was escorted by an entourage of about eight belediye workers and Zabata, complete with pick up truck, tractor and trailer. His mission was to remove anything that impinged on the pavements outside restaurants and bars – chairs, tables, signs, flowerpots and even ashtrays.

This comic, or maybe tragi-comic, scene unfolded in front of bemused tourists and caused quite a stir, and certainly a lot of embarrassment to the bar and restaurant owners who were asked by their foreign guests, quite reasonably, to explain what was going on.

This episode was a further demonstration of the mayor's abuse of his office to settle his personal agenda. It is well known and demonstrated that he uses his official powers to favour those who last voted for him and to punish those who did not. But, more importantly, his actions belittle his title and his village, and indeed his country, and show that he does not understand that the role of mayor should be above such small mindedness. The mayor of Turunç has a duty to do what is required for the prosperity of the whole of Turunç, and this is certainly not served by such crass, petty and drunken displays.

That he has a problem with some elements of the village community does not mean that all should be punished, including the diminishing number of tourists who fuel the local economy, through his mismanagement and inability to resolve simple issues. Because some businesses have possibly abused the placement of tables and chairs on the village pavements should not mean that nobody should be allowed such placement. It is commonplace elsewhere in the touristic areas of the world and is expected by our guests here. Why is Turunç different? Simply because the mayor is inept. Unfortunately he has two more years in office. What more damage can he do? If he was an honourable man he would resign forthwith but there is little hope of that.

Oh well Turunç you reap what you sow.
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Old 10th June 2011, 13:52   #2 (permalink)
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Hello and welcome Alabaster, this sounds like self destruction to me. They need someone of sound breeding to bring the punters in again.
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I agree with comments you have made and the need for change.

However, what you are experiencing is more the norm than the exception in Turkish politics. Exactly the same "revenge" occurred in Marmaris last time there was a change of ruling party as there was the time before that.

Local politics in Turkey is particularly immature and based upon the "Our time to feed" syndrome where the ruling group believe it is their right to "feed" on their success to line their pockets and settle old scores.

Such corrupt practices are less acceptable to the public these days and hopefully these practices will not be tolerated in the years ahead (many years I fear).

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I agree with comments you have made and the need for change.

However, what you are experiencing is more the norm than the exception in Turkish politics. Exactly the same "revenge" occurred in Marmaris last time there was a change of ruling party as there was the time before that.

Local politics in Turkey is particularly immature and based upon the "Our time to feed" syndrome where the ruling group believe it is their right to "feed" on their success to line their pockets and settle old scores.

Such corrupt practices are less acceptable to the public these days and hopefully these practices will not be tolerated in the years ahead (many years I fear).

Garry
That such corrupt practises are extant in Turkish politics is not a shock to me. Politics throughout the world are corrupt (UK MP's expenses). What is particularly damaging here is the smallminded street theatre performed in front of foreign guests who will no doubt report back. That a man in his position undertakes such macho displays without a care for the negative image it portrays speaks volumes of the man. He should be removed from office if he is not honourable enough to see the damage he is doing and resign.
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With the price of Raki I am surprised he could afford to get drunk.
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With the price of Raki I am surprised he could afford to get drunk.
Course he could he must get loads of backhanders and freebees
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Course he could he must get loads of backhanders and freebees
50,000 ytl from 1 business man alone (believe me i have it on very good authority)..stuffed in an envelope and taped around a bottle of whisky!
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Having been in Turunc for 8 yrs now, i believe he is doing quite a good job, the village is clean neat & tidy.
The restaurants need controling,else we all know what happens, the tables & chairs slowly start to crawl into the streets.
This has happened in all the resorts & mass demolitions of illeagle builds etc have been the result.

Lack of tourists is nothing to do with the Mayors politics, just a result of lack of money over here.
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Believe me this type pf macho boss tatics is very common and the opinion of tourists will be the last thing to worry him.
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Good afternoon:

While not meaning to support or excuse such behavior by the mayor of Turunc, I recall a law being passed some years ago which outlawed the display of wares or use of the streets by shop owners. I wonder if this is means this law will be implemented.

If so I will be very surprised that it took so long before any action was taken. As I have walked through town I have often thought about this law noticing that nothing had come from it.

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