HASDAL DEATH CAMP PROTEST
We were in Hasdal today. Members of Let’s Adopt, Animal Liberation Initiative, Haykur and many citizens couldn’t bring themselves to spend their Saturday’s at popular “breakfast” places, reading their newspapers. Instead, they arrived from their houses miles away, to gather on top of the methane gas collection facility, under the high voltage lines, the middle of nowhere, to protest against the Hasdal Istanbul Cosmopolitan Municipality Rehabilitation Center.
From Kavacık, Bostancı, Levent, Fatih, Ataköy…
We were excited when we gathered together. We started meeting friends from other groups, got talking. Some had rescued a puppy who they had wrapped in blankets, trying to save another life. Another group of friends were feeding the dogs around.
Jandarma met us at the top of the road. They were very polite. We were not afraid. As citizens of this country we were aware of our rights and freedoms as well as the evil and the murders committed in this “Center”. We were right. In that case what we were doing was correct.
The press was with us throughout. Our releases have found them, they believed in the importance of our cause. ATV, DHA, NTV and Show TV were with us. There were journalists from printed press and international agencies as well.
From where we stood we could see the Jandarma barricade. We could see, but couldn’t exactly understand the reason behind it. We were here to defend the rights of 55 brutally murdered little babies. We had come here to commemorate their deaths, to tell everyone that they were not forgotten. No matter how kind and well mannered they were, what were they doing here?
Could it be that the Shelter Management was afraid of us, like the guilty would be?
First, we chose 12 amongst us and were chained to one another, then we started walking behind the banner of another group. When we reached the barricade we asked the commander to let us pass. An understand gentleman with a big smile, he allowed us to go through but said that they’ll accompany us.
Shelter workers, their managers had arrived previously and secured themselves in the shelter, watching us whilst smiling under their moustaches. What a good idea it was to call the Jandarma. Maybe the animal lovers might even get beaten up a little and they could satisfy their sadistic desires, observing with a big grin on their faces.
But what they wished for didn’t happen. The Jandarma allowed us to read the press release, throw red paint all over the entrance to symbolise the blood that is spilt here, to leave the pictures of dogs massacred by municipalities, even for some volunteers to go inside and leave food for the dogs. They have approached us with kindness. They understood who was who and what was what.
The first leg of Hasdal Protests is successfully completed. I say the first leg because this is only the beginning…
Now, it is time to put forward our demands…
1. That Hasan Gençdal (Istanbul Greater Municipality Veterinary Department Manager), Ahmet Bölükbaşı (Hasdal Rehabilitation Center Manager) and Recep Zafer (IGM Veterinary Department Ass. Manager) to be removed as with every single move they prove themselves to be totally unsuccessful over and over again;
2. That dropping of thousands of animals in the surrounding forests by İstanbul Shelters be stopped;
3. That the neutering and abandoning to death of underage animals be ended;
4. That the hygienic and health care conditions of shelters be improved;
5. That the death-camp style shelters be abolished real and concerted effort to be provided to home all animals.
With these in mind, we will be in Hasdal, with even a larger group on 21 th November and we will not stop until we achieve our goals.
We will continue to be the voice of the animals imprisoned in shelters, dumped in forests to die, murdered in broad daylight by the municipalities and to protect their rights to live.
Like I said, this is just the beginning…