For the 23rd April Grup Yorum planned its traditionally concert with the title »independent Turkey« in Istanbul/Yenikapi. In the past years the concerts were over and over banned and also Germany has more and more joined the AKP politics by refusing visas for the band, which has also organized peaceful concerts with up to ten thousands fans for decades in Europe.
Grup Yorum could count up to a million visitors at its concerts for an »independent Turkey« in Istanbul. Despite of preventions by the governemnt in the past years, it was still able to organize concerts with hundred thousands, or in worst case spontanous concerts with its fans in several neighborhoods and streets of Istanbul. We translated the latest statement of Grup Yorum, concerning the ban of the concert.
THE ISTANBUL GOVERNORSHIP HAS BANNED OUR PLANNED CONCERT IN YENIKAPI!
ON APRIL 23
WE ARE ALL GRUP YORUM ..
EVERY PLACE IS YORUM.
TO ALL GRUP YORUM FANS… LET’S SING EVERYWHERE THE SONGS OF GRUP YORUM ON APRIL 23, THE SONGS OF THE PEOPLE CAN NOT BE BANNED.
GRUP YORUM IS THE PEOPLE AND CAN NOT BE SILENCED!
Our concert for an independent Turkey can not be prevented!
Our 7th concert for an independent Turkey, scheduled on April 23rd at Yenikapi Square, was forbidden by pretextual reasons.
When we went to the Governor’s office to receive the confirmation of the concert application, we received a document stating that the concert was not permitted for security reasons.
Although we went to the Governor’s Office for days, they have banned it again on the last day.
The AKP holds meetings and festivals everywhere. Security measures are taken for this, but when it comes to the population, security becomes a problem. These decisions are of a political nature.
There is indeed a reason for the songs of the people to be banned. Our songs contain the conviction of independence, democracy and socialism.
On our stage there are the words of Pir Sultan Abdal, who said, “May go astray who wants to, but I will not depart from my way.”
The challenging words of Dadaloglu “If the Sultan has his judgment, the mountains are ours” are also represented on the stage of Grup Yorum.
Grup Yorum is Mahsuni Serif, Karacaoglan, Dadaloglu.
It represents the workers, public servants and students.
The prohibition of folk artists does not automatically mean that their songs are silenced.
Our songs will never be silenced, they are sung by the people and they will continue to be sung.
On April 23rd, we will sing the songs of the people wherever we are.
The power of the AKP is not sufficient for Grup Yorum.
Because we are millions, we will sing our songs everywhere.
In our gardens, in the parks of our residential areas, on the balconies, in our cars.
We are not hopeless, we don’t despair because they have forbidden our concert.
They can prevent us from building huge stages. But their strength will not be enough to prevent us from turning the whole country into concert squares.
They can not tear the songs of the people out of our heads and hearts.
Long live the independent Turkey!
Hey, Millions of Yorum fans! Let’s sing our songs, let’s dance Halay!