Group supporting İmamoğlu banned from Turkish Day March in New York - VoA
A group wearing "Everything is going to be just fine" written t-shirts weren't allowed to join a Turkish Day March in New York, U.S.-government funded news outlet Voice of America reported on Saturday.
Federation of Turkish American Associations was put into an uncomfortable position when some wearing t-shirts with a slogan of Turkish main opposition Istanbul mayoral candidate wanted to join them.
"Organisers told us that we could come if we don't carry a banner or give a political message," one the founders of Secular and Democratic Turkey Platform Serdar Ilhan said, adding that they accepted the term.
"But when we arrived there in the morning our t-shirts were used as an excuse and we weren't allowed. We didn't surrender, marched on the sidewalk," he added.
Turkey's United Nations Permanent Representative Feridun Sinirlioğlu and the Consul General of the Republic of Turkey to New York didn't participate in the march, according to Voice of America.
Following the cancellation of the Istanbul mayoral elections, which was narrowly won by the main opposition candidate Ekrem İmamoğlu, he adopted the slogan "everything is going to be just fine" for the rerun election on June 23.
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