Thursday 29 October, 2015 by Uncle Spike
Today marks the 92nd year of the founding of the Republic of Türkiye, and yours truly is in the western coastal city of İzmir once again. Being the most republican of places in planet Türkiye, it seemed a fitting place to be for our Cumhuriet Bayramı (Republic Day) 🙂
As the spot where our war of independence both started AND finished, there is staunch support for the republic here, and to mark the annual occasion, an event takes place that we could not pass up taking part in…. a march by torchlight along the seafront. With a few thousand of us, a hundred plus motorcycles, cyclists, police and drums, we waved our flags and sang as we marched.
Thankfully no incidents, no bombs. After recent atrocities across the country, and such needless loss of life, time after time, it was good to realise our event in peace.
Another parliamentary General Election takes place this Sunday after the failure of all coalition efforts from the hung parliament following July’s election. This is happening amid heightened civil tension, regular curfews in the east, military clashes on various fronts, and severe regional conflict; all added to economic and domestic political mayhem – another interesting month ahead I guess then 😦