The Turkish government cancelled four concerts by pop star Sıla Gençoğlu over comments she made about a democracy rally held in Istanbul on 7 August 2016 in the aftermath of an attempted coup that happened a month earlier, reported Hurriyet Daily News on 11 August 2016.
“I am absolutely against the coup, but I prefer not be inside such a show,” the singer said about the rally. “I stand by the words I said. Like everyone else, I am also defending democracy.”
In a statement, the Istanbul municipality cancelled her two upcoming shows because they deemed Gençoğlu “mocked” the will of the people and their “honourable stance”. The singer’s scheduled concerts in capital Ankara and Kayseri province were also cancelled.
Since the attempted coup led my military officials in July 2016 was quashed, a three-month state of emergency was put into effect giving president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his cabinet the power to draft new laws, restrict or suspend freedoms and make arrests without going through parliament or being challenged by the constitutional court. During this time thousands of people have been arrested or fired from their positions as Erdoğan cracks down on those who undermine the government.
Photo from artist’s Facebook page
» Breitbart – 12 August 2016:
Turkey cancels concerts after singer refuses to attend pro-Erdogan rally
» Hurriyet Daily News – 11 August 2016:
Turkish singer Sıla’s concerts cancelled after democracy rally remarks
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