Protest against Canal Istanbul project in Beşiktaş

The 'Either Canal or Istanbul Coordination' protested the Report by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization which gives green light to the Canal Istanbul project.

The 'Either Canal or Istanbul Coordination' protested the approval of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report by the Environment and Urban Planning Minister Murat Kurum in front of the Provincial Directorate of Environment and Urbanization in Beşiktaş.

Julia Aylin Kolcu read the statement on behalf of the 'Either Canal or Istanbul Coordination' and said: "The EIA approval is a violation of law, science and the will of the people."

Kolcu reminded that hundreds of thousands of people filed a petition against the Canal Istanbul project and presented it to the Provincial Directorates of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization.

Indicating that the scientific evidences are not taken into consideration in the EIA Report, Kolcu said that it is a report that serves the interests of construction companies as it hides the great destruction that this project will cause.

Stating that they will continue to defend their living spaces Kolcu said: "Let's defend life, not the project of a canal which will lead the city to ecological destruction and impoverish the people."