Turkish police forcefully remove peaceful protestors blocking Nordex trucks from illegally accessing controversial wind power project in the tourist resort of Çeşme.
German turbine manufacturer Nordex dangerously blocked a road in the Turkish tourist resort of Çeşme on 20 November, 2014 with three 30 meters long trucks carrying equipment to a controversial wind power project (WPP).
Nordex is manufacturing, installing and maintaining the turbine equipment for the WPP, which is the subject of more than 20 on-going court cases and two stop orders from the Turkish Council of State, the country’s highest court. Local residents are overwhelmingly against the WPP, which has no Environmental Impact Assessment and which is located close to residential neighborhoods on officially protected land.
Local people refused to let the trucks pass as they did not have the legally required municipal permission to close the road. After a 4-hour standoff, police forcefully and illegally removed the peaceful protestors so the trucks could pass. Esen Kabadayı Vhiting, Çeşme Municipal Councillor commented:
“The German firm Nordex is involved in a project which is breaking Turkish National Laws and key requirements of the Aarhus Convention for which Germany and the EU are signatories. Nordex could never do this in Europe, but in Turkey they are taking advantage of the weak legal system to make huge profits.”
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