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TurkeyAbout 400 citizens who are members of fellow countrymen’s associations, foundations, federations and confederations operating in 81 provinces of Turkey, were sentenced to imprisonment and political ban. İstanbul Mayor of Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) Ekrem ImamogluHe paid a support visit to Saying, “The struggle you give and the support you show are sacred,” İmamoğlu said, “This holy struggle is also a stance against an environment where the will of the nation is tried to be curbed or a trustee is put forward, no matter where in the country or under any circumstances. “Whoever ignores it, the nation ignores it. To an understanding that says ‘no’ to the will of the nation today, the nation says ‘no’ tomorrow. This is being done to Ekrem İmamoğlu today, it was done to the President yesterday,” he said.
Support visits continue to İBB President Ekrem İmamoğlu, who has been sentenced to imprisonment and political ban and has been subjected to investigations for different reasons. Approximately 400 citizens who are members of fellow countrymen’s associations, foundations, federations and confederations operating in 81 provinces of Turkey also visited İmamoğlu today. İmamoğlu received the citizens who came for a support visit at the Assembly Hall in the main campus of IMM in Saraçhane. Here, CHP IMM Assembly members Seyfi Erbaş, Orhan CakirNadir Günday and İmamoğlu made speeches.
İMAMOĞLU CALLED TO THE INSPECTORS: “YOU ARE TRYING TO BE THE JUDICIARY HAND OF TODAY’S GOVERNMENT, BUT YOU WILL NOT LOOK AT THE FACE OF THIS NATION IN 4-5 MONTHS.”
In his speech, İmamoğlu said, “Even now, the so-called inspector in this building, the deputy candidate of today’s government, and today’s inspector are dealing with such fabrication.” İmamoğlu told the inspectors, “They are acting with such fabricated attempts that BeylikduzuThey are trying to produce cases from the files that were closed exactly 8-8.5 years ago. So this city Fatih Sultan MehmetWe have brought the painting of . He is in search of corruption through that painting. I will say this to these inspectors: You are trying to be the judiciary of today’s government, but you will not be able to look at the face of this nation in 4-5 months,” he said.
Addressing the citizens who came to support him, İmamoğlu said:
“OUR TURKEY’S DEED BELONGS TO 86 MILLION CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY: Istanbul belongs to the 16 million people of this city. The title deed of Turkey belongs to 86 million citizens of this country. and so to speak, if a house is mentioned, Turkey is the home of our 86 million people, without distinguishing any of them from the other. And this title belongs to us. Therefore, it can neither belong to a person, nor to a group, nor to a group, nor to a political thought. Such a thing is not possible. No one can even think of the possibility. Our dear friends, ladies and gentlemen, who are here today, from every point of our Turkey, even when we look at its past, we are talking about a city formed by our people, who have been living here for centuries, in a mixed way, who made this country their home from areas that go beyond the current geography; from ancient Istanbul. and this Istanbul is one of the most important cities not only in Turkey but also in Europe and the world. For us it is the first. But let’s say it is one of the three most important cities in the world. We are not mistaken in this promise.
IT IS AN EFFORT TO IGNORE THE WILL OF THE NATION: To you, our dear compatriots, who are the owners of this city. You are the associations, federations, foundations and their managers who put forth a painstaking effort in keeping their regions, their lifestyles, cultures alive, living and contributing to their own regions. Indeed, seeing you by our side in this struggle for democracy, feeling you with us, frankly means emphasizing that this message we give to Turkey is not a matter of standing by Ekrem İmamoğlu, but a struggle for the dignity of the country. Because this is not an effort to remove a person from his office illegally or illegally. It is an attempt to ignore the will of the people. On behalf of this, whoever says ‘Sovereignty unconditionally belongs to the nation’ Mustafa Kemal AtatürkLet’s take that concise sentence of . we need to make sure that no one touches it and somehow we have to respect it.
TO AN APPROACH THAT SAYS ‘NO’ TO THE WILL OF THE NATION, THE NATION SAYS ‘NO’ TOMORROW: In this sense, your struggle is sacred, your support is sacred. This holy struggle is also a stance against the environment in which the will of the nation is tried to be blocked or a trustee is put forward, no matter where in the country or under any circumstances. Those who ignore their own nation, the nation ignores. A mentality that says ‘no’ to the will of the nation today, will say ‘no’ tomorrow. This is being done to Ekrem İmamoğlu today, it was done to the President yesterday. So we haven’t talked or told for years that he’s wrong? Aren’t we still telling? We said it, we say it. Therefore, it is essential and essential not to make this mistake made today.
WHAT HAPPENED? THE NATION IGNORING THE NATIONAL WILL ALSO Ignored: From the first day, I have not felt a single moment of sadness for myself. I exemplify this as follows: As you know, we had a historic election on March 31, 2019 in Istanbul. We must keep our memories fresh and alive. After the election we had on March 31, they tried to smear and smear our election with various allegations. A minister came out and said, ‘We have identified 700 terrorists or people associated with terrorism’. He gave the number. There are recordings on TV, you can open it and find it. These allegations went as far as the trial of 30-40 people. Before that trial, those 30-40 people were acquitted. At the end of the day, you have a big zero. So what happened? One of the 3 votes cast in an envelope is invalid, two of them are valid. You can’t describe it to anyone, anywhere in the world. So what happened? The selection has been cancelled. My friends were saying to me then, ‘Sir, will they cancel the election?’ ‘I hope not,’ I said. ‘What if they do?’ I said, ‘We will make a difference, but that will make me unhappy’. ‘Because this is really a great betrayal of democracy. It is a great betrayal of the national will, the will of the nation. I said, ‘I don’t want it done, I don’t want it done’. and the evening it was actually canceled, I was very upset. But I also knew that we had to leap from there, that our nation had to stand up. and what happened as a result? Our nation chose us with the highest vote rate in the history of Istanbul. What happened? Those who ignored the national will, were also ignored by the nation.
I WILL SAY TO THESE INSPECTORS: These unlawful moves, unlawful attempts… Even now, the so-called inspector, the deputy candidate of today’s government, and today’s inspector, who is inside this building, is dealing with such fabricated works and acting with such fabricated attempts. In Beylikdüzü, they are trying to produce cases from the files that were closed 8-8.5 years ago. Nonsense… I mean, this city Fatih Sultan MehmetWe have brought the painting of . He is in search of corruption through that painting. I will say this to these inspectors: You are trying to be the judiciary of today’s government, but you will not be able to look at the face of this nation in 4-5 months.
WE ARE TOGETHER WITH AN AGENDA FULFILLING SPIRITUAL BUSINESS: To separate, polarize, marginalize; We are always dealing with them. It’s a shame, it’s a shame, it’s a sin. Look, even talking about these issues is cruel. It really is a sin. It is treason to our nation. We should talk about other business. We should have been a country that provided 25 thousand dollars per person in 2023. I’m not saying this. Open the page of the government that said ‘Target 2023’ 20 years ago, and you will see. We should have. This nation, this country has its blessings. Every corner from Thrace to Anatolia is paradise. How can we share these blessings as a nation, how can we divide them, how can we stand up for each other, how can we make the future of our children and youth better? We should talk about this. Instead of talking about these, we are alone with an agenda that pursues nonsense. We must end this immediately, immediately. It’s not a party.
GETTING THE GAME OF EVERY PARTY IS A MAJOR THING; WHO CAN I DISCRETE, FOR GOD’S LOVE: We all know more or less the rate of votes of my party or alliance party or other parties. As a mayor elected with close to 55 percent of the votes in this city, I know this: I got the votes of every party member. God has given me this. To get the vote of each party; something tremendous. Therefore, I feel responsible to all the people of my country. Who can I separate, for God’s sake? Who can I set aside? To whom can I say ‘You are in front of me’? Never. We can’t say. A person with that morality, who is a public administrator, can never have such a chance. For this reason, we can together create those days when moral, virtuous, law-abiding, this country has a truly independent judicial system, people are not imprisoned for nothing, and the national will is never, ever challenged. and we must have. We will profit from this together. I believe these days will pass quickly. Those who make these days live, who see these troubles as common to this nation… Not only me, but many people like me, maybe in this sense, they were hurt in the past; still burning. And if they continue on this path, they may continue to bother us for a while, but let’s put an end to this together.
2023 IS THE YEAR OF BEING REPUBLICAN: We are in a special year for our country. RepublicCentenary of our state, our state. 2023 is the year of being worthy of the Republic, as the children of this beautiful country that our state, our nation, and this beautiful country that our ancestors, grandfathers and grandmothers founded together on its centennial anniversary. We must ensure that they live in an environment where they feel that they are citizens. Let’s call it ‘court’, but ‘investigation’, but let’s call it a ‘terror investigation’ in the work given to the prosecutor’s office; I would like to thank you all for your stance against the unlawful practice that is tried to be done to us with various details, the understanding that says ‘I will take Istanbul away from you’, that authority, which is, so to speak, the seat and seat of Istanbulites. Of course, your presence is very precious to us. I think that 16 million of our people have this feeling. This should not be done to anyone, not just me; cannot be done. What was done in the past was wrong. I say, we must all overhaul and correct this order, this system, so that it will not be done in the future.”