Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Demonstrators disrupt Izmir governor’s farewell ceremony

A demonstration took place during a farewell ceremony held yesterday for outgoing Izmir Governor Yusuf Ziya Göksu, who was forced to take early retirement following a controversial visit to London on a ticket purchased by a businessman's frequent flyer miles, the Anatolia news agency reported.

After a speech in front of the governor's office with his wife Meral in attendance, the outgoing governor said farewell to those who attended the ceremony. But Oktay Konyar, a spokesman for the villagers of Bergama, who are fighting the presence of a gold mine in their town, and Sabahat Gökçeoğlu, one of the activists, chanted slogans alleging “You contaminated Izmir.”

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