The Turkish city of Marmaris is particularly hard hit by the devastating forest fires. president Erdoğan has now visited the place – and caused a sensation in an unusual way.
Turkey is fighting forest and bush fires in the Mediterranean region for the sixth day in a row. Eight people died. The Turkish head of state Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made a contribution to the devastating situation in his own way: As the “RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland” (RND) reported, while visiting the town of Marmaris, he threw tea from a moving bus in the direction of people who were on the Roadside stood. Erdoğan’s action can be seen in a video on Twitter.
Many users of the platform were angry about the gesture of the president. “Anger for Erdoğan in Turkey,” tweeted user Ghazal Esfahani. The user Capulcu TurkKick wrote: “Imagine that Merkel drove through North Rhine-Westphalia, the Ahr Valley and Rhineland-Palatinate after the flood to throw Kleenex out of a bus. Or grapes. If you have the picture in front of your eyes, you can recognize it how surreal Erdoğan acts in Turkey. ” Twitter user Dr. Diween Hawezy, on the other hand, took a more serious view of the situation: “This man is dangerous, he is aiming at people’s heads with tea bags.”
Meanwhile, thousands remained in action against the flames in Turkey. Of 132 fires, 125 were brought under control, said the Minister of Forestry and Agriculture, Bekir Pakdemirli, on Monday, according to the state news agency Anadolu. Meanwhile, the European Union is sending support to Turkey. Three fire-fighting planes, one from Croatia and two from Spain, had been mobilized, according to a communication from the EU Commission.
Accusation of lack of precautionary measures
In addition to climate change, the environmental organization Greenpeace in Turkey also identified a lack of precautionary measures as the reason for the devastating fires. Nature is not adequately protected, land is used in an uncontrolled manner and the forest is exploited. “That left a landscape that is more susceptible to these fires,” said Burcu Ünal from Greenpeace of the dpa.
On Monday, the power went out in several regions, including Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Bursa and Mersin, as Andadolu reported. The reason is that electricity consumption has risen sharply with the heat, according to a statement from the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. Air conditioning systems, for example, have been running at full speed in many places for days.