AKP municipality pulls plug on Islamist opposition MP's conference
A ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) municipality cancelled the reservation for a venue where opposition Islamist Felicity Party deputy was scheduled to hold a conference, Diken news site reported.
The move by the municipality follows an investigation launched earlier this month against Cihangir İslam by the Ankara’s Chief Prosecutor’s Office over Islam’s recent parliamentary address where he criticised the AKP’s response to a failed coup attempt of July 15, 2016.
Islam, who is among group of intellectuals who signed a 2015 petition urging the government to improve its heavy-handed treatment of Kurdish citizens and was consequently sacked from his university, is accused of ‘’degrading the Turkish nation and the Turkish state and praising criminals and criminal acts,’’ through his posts on social media.
Islam was scheduled to deliver a speech in the Black Sea region town of Ardeşen; however, was informed the reservation for the conference hall booked for the event had been cancelled by the town’s AKP municipality, Diken said.
“Don’t become upset with the respected mayor. He is only following orders and cannot go outside of the commands of the volition over him,’’ Diken quoted Islam as saying referring to the town’s mayor.
Ardaşan’s Mayor Hakan Gültekin took to Twitter in response, saying the cancellation was his own decision.