Thanks for your note. I hadn’t heard about Gezi Park, actually. It seems there is a proposal to turn the park into a mall. And it seems there is a protest that is unfocused, leaderless, and has no clear demands. What is the goal? Who, exactly (by name), are the protestors protesting?
Other questions: Is turning parks into malls or other developments a regular occurrence in Turkey? Who “owns” the park, technically - the city, the country, a private person, a corporation?? Why wasn’t the public involved in the park management in the first place? For example, were any of the protestors on the review board that approved the mall plan? If not, why not?
I don’t know enough information to make a determination. But, if the city or the government body managing the park has the authority to turn parks into malls, then that is their prerogative. If the authority is corrupt, that is your prerogative to change it - not by protest, but by law. The pen (law) is always mightier than the sword (protest).
Brig. Ali Ahmed Al Bedeed, Director of Coasts and Borders Security Department, in a press briefing about trespassers on Qatari waters, as quoted by the Peninsula.
According to Al Bedeed, fisherman from nearby GCC countries often deliberately head to Qatar’s waters to catch its hamour, despite repeated warnings to respect the nation’s borders.
Many who are caught say their vessels accidentally roamed into Qatar’s waters, but that excuse is wearing thin for people who are caught repeatedly, the official added.
“These people drop the trap for the fish in the middle of the sea and then they go home for five six days and comes back to pick the same traps for fish without any leaving any prior mark in the sea.
We are talking about metal traps and they have up to 300 and 400 of them. Nobody goes to the middle of the sea without GPS anymore.”
Qatar has been working to shore up its fish supply in recent years, but without much success. Meanwhile, government figures show that the demand for fish in the country has gone up by 20 percent in the past five years and is expected to be double than supply over the next 20 years.
Al Bedeed also reminded Qatar residents that only locals with licenses are allowed to fish commercially, and that no fishing off of the Corniche is permitted.
Those who do fish for recreation are not allowed to sell what they catch. Read more do’s and don’ts here.a dohanews
Maybe Qatar can buy their way out of trouble… #corruption