Tarkan Says Let the River Flow
|Tarkan gave a press statement by the Tigris River today|
The artist's appearance was to help raise awareness about the building of a dam that could cause the flooding of historical sites to be lost forever and the displacement of the country's minorities.
In a region that boasts a ten thousand year history, with the land having been colonised by the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires, Tarkan is hoping to stop the destruction modern development would bring to the surrounding nature and to the people living there.
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By putting his celebrity clout behind the project, he hopes to pressure the Turkish and foreign government backers of the initiative to dam the Tigris River to re-evaluate the dangers the plans would have on the environment.
|Tarkan campaigning to let the Tigris River flow; photos by the Anadolu Agency|
Arriving at the ancient region in the early hours of the morning, Tarkan visited historical sites and promised to return to give a concert, and gave news that he was composing a song for this "Stop the Dam" project.
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This project comes as a surprise to some, as Tarkan had hinted on a TRT news broadcast that he wanted to preserve Turkey's nature as it was suffering from what he termed as droughts, but now is actively campaigning against the building of a dam which would have helped Turkey overcome its water shortages.
Tarkan's Press Statement
"By giving my support to this campaign I'm really supporting nature that's endangered all across Turkey and the world. I call on all communities in Turkey to support projects that will enable Turkish wildlife to flourish," he said.
Reminding reporters that the building of the dam would destroy the habitats of many wildlife including birds and fauna, a representative of the Doğa Derneği also went on to comment about Europe's double standards on the issue and asked all foreign backers of the project to think again.
"Those European countries that are financing this project in Turkey wouldn't dream of such a redevelopment in their own countries," the press statement at Tarkan.com quoted the Doğa rep as saying.
The Doğa Derneği will continue its scientific work and closely follow the developments in the region.
|Video footage (7.04 MB/2.40 mins) courtesy of Cihan News, photos from various sources|