By Leyla AmurFor the second week in a row, the Istanbul Municipality has torn down an entertainment hub in Turkey’s biggest city.
In the early morning hours of May 28, teams from the Istanbul Municipality started began demolishing buildings on the Galatasaray Islet, also known as Suada, an artificial island in the Bosphorus off the city’s European shore.
The demolition came after business person Mehmet Koçarslan refused to adhere to an evacuation order filed by the Galatasaray General Assembly. Koçarslan has been a tenant of Suada for several years.
Buildings that populated Suada, which has been owned by the Galatasaray Sports Club since 1957, were deemed unsuitable for housing, as per Law No 641-524 decided on March 21, 2012.
According to a statement made by the Galatasaray General Assembly, “It is not possible for the tenant who has been on the premises for years, continue to occupy it.” The island, however, will continue providing services to Turkish sports clubs and their members.
Koçarslan, who is also a partner in the nightclub Reina that was also demolished last week without notice, spoke out by saying, “Our venture was under contract. For this reason, we can’t say that we were [illegally] occupying it.”