January 19, 2014

Istanbul's Skyline Betrayed


Crimes against this city protected for centuries were committed in the era of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, of all people, who never stops declaring he is a servant of Istanbul, who cites poetry adoring Istanbul and almost bestows sainthood on the sultan who conquered Istanbul. These were not simply mistakes he made but intentional crimes, because the city’s silhouette was marred when the city government granted favors to one of the top donors to Justice and Development Party (AKP) coffers.

This episode actually goes back six years. On Sept. 14, 2011, daily Radikal drew attention to the high-rise construction going up at Zeytinburnu-Kazlicesme and eclipsing the background of Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque) and Hagia Sophia. The public was rattled not only by the official permission for such a betrayal, but the close relationship of high-rise developer Mesut Toprak with Erdogan.

Read more on Al Monitor: Istanbul's Skyline Betrayed

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