17 Aug '12, 11am

Coal and Corruption: The Battle for Gerze

Coal and Corruption: The Battle for Gerze

Mr. Belovacikli, like YEGEP, pins his hopes for a rejection of the power plant application on the stalling of the ÇED and the failure of Anadolu to meet environmental regulations. But if the ÇED does clear, he says he will not stand down. “If they come to build it, there will be war,” he told us. “To stop it” he added, “I will die for it.” Will They Rise? Zafer was quick to brush off the arguments of his opposition. “These people are against everything” he said, mentioning that there had also been protests against plans for factories in the past. “This power plant will be built.” We asked what he would do if the protestors persisted once the power generation license had cleared. “That is the government’s problem,” he responded. For the moment, the conflict is at a stand-off, stalling for an answer from Ankara. Zafer sits in his empty office, waiting for the phone call that...

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