Erneut Waffengewalt und Baustopp auf der Ilisu-Baustelle

Im vergangenen Jahr ist es mehrfach zu Anschlägen gegen die Bauarbeiten gekommen. Im Sommer des vergangenen Jahres verübten Guerillas der kurdischen PKK einen Anschlag, der zu einem mehrmonatigem Baustopp geführt hatte. Nach der Wiederaufnahme und der Übernahme des Betriebs durch die Firma Malamira im Dezember vergangenen Jahres kam es nun zu einem neuen Eklat. Während eines Treffens zwischen Bauarbeitern und Baustellenmanagement feuerten Sicherheitskräfte in die Menge und verwundeten dabei drei Arbeiter. Die Bauarbeiter hatten gegen die Entlassung einiger ihrer Kollegen, sowie gegen die schlechten Sicherheitsbedingungen auf der Baustelle protestiert. Nach dem Zwischenfall haben rund 1.000 Arbeiter die Baustelle verlassen und die Bauarbeiten eingestellt. Diese Ereignise zeichnen leider ein deutliches Bild der gefährliche Sicherheitslage in der Region, vor der die Projektgegner die Investoren von Anfang an gewarnt haben.
 

Hier die Presseaussendung der Initiative:

 

Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive: Press Release, 21 June 2015

 

Armed attack on Ilisu construction workers – Dam construction halted

 

Following a series of events including dismals, an armed assault, injuries and arson, workers have left the Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant construction site, thus bringing work to a halt. These events show how dangerous, risky and destructive a project we are confronting.

 

On 19 June (Friday), 5 workers were dismissed from work by the Malamira company. Malamira (based in Ankara with roots in Diyarbakır) employs most of the workers at the construction site. It replaced other companies at the Ilısu Project when construction resumed in December 2014 at Ilısu village in Dargeçit district in Mardin province. While meeting with Mala Mira Company managers on behalf of the dismissed workers and to present demands for unionization, workers were fired upon by the bodyguards of the employers and the project director. The injured workers (Ali İnan, 27; Ömer Ekinci, 26; and Ömer Erol, 19) are still receiving treatment hospitals.

 

In response to this, other workers and relatives of the injured – some of whom live in villages close to the Ilısu Dam – proceeded to the scene. Protesters set fire to offices, heavy equipment and vehicles belonging to the company. As the protest grew, a large number of armored vehicles, special forces, riot police, water canons and soldiers were dispatched to the Ilısu Dam construction site.Because of these events, approximately 1000 workers did not work and returned to their places of residence with their luggage. Thus construction work at the Ilisu Dam has been halted.

In and of itself, the halting of the Ilisu Project, which represents a huge social, cultural and ecological catastrophe for a greater region, is a positive development. However, the events witnessed over the past three days show how problematic the Ilisu Project is for regional peace and tranquility.

The Ilisu Project was halted in the summer of 2014 following the intervention of PKK (HPG) guerrillas, and construction began again with the engagement of Malamira company in December 2014. Malamira’s participation in the Ilısu consortium despite the ongoing high potential for local conflicts, shows that in pursuit of profit this company did not take into consideration the social, ecological and political risks of the project.

Not only those who fired weapons, but also the company managers must be held accountable for this armed attack.

The Ilisu Project, which is a symbol of unfairness, injustice and social-cultural destruction, must halted as soon as possible and debated thoroughly.

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Bilder: Schauplatz der Angriffe, Fotos von DIHA

 

 

 

 

Ercan Ayboga
Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive
Batman/Turkey
www.hasankeyfgirisimi.net
hasankeyfgirisimi@gmail.com