A group of members of the United Transport Union (BTS) protested the removal of the train services from Anatolia to Haydarpaşa Station with a press release. While union members also claimed that Haydarpaşa Train Station would be closed to the public in the future, various non-governmental organizations supported the group.
A group of BTS members gathered in front of Haydarpaşa Train Station at 13.00:XNUMX to protest the removal of train services from Anatolia to Haydarpaşa Station within the scope of the high-speed train project. Various non-governmental organizations such as Halkevleri and the fan group Çarşı also participated in the press release and supported the group. The group carrying various banners and currencies protesting the abolition of the train services, shouted slogans such as "Haydarpaşa is for the People", "Transportation is right, not sold", "Haydarpaşa is history, this history is ours".
Ezgi Özdemir, member of Halkevleri, made the press statement on behalf of the group. Stating that Haydarpaşa Train Station, which became operational 104 years ago, will be closed within a few months, Özdemir said, “Haydarpaşa has a critical importance in our urban transportation. According to the statements of IMM President Kadir Topbaş, Haydarpaşa-Gebze-Köseköy line will be closed for 2 years due to the high-speed train project. As of February 1, 2012, Anatolian flights have been canceled and suburban flights will be canceled after a while. TCDD and AKP municipalities do not care about the transportation ordeal of the workers. The people of Istanbul and Anatolia will no longer be able to reach Haydarpaşa, where the rails cannot reach. "A transportation line used by thousands of workers cannot be closed by saying I did it," he said.
The group members also said that they will continue their protest at Haydarpaşa Train Station every Sunday so that Haydarpaşa Train Station is not closed. Following the press release, the protesting group was performing a halay accompanied by music, while some people went to a historical locomotive in front of the station with various currencies and protested the cancellation of train services.
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