Name: Folk Dancing Quashed, Organizers Threatened.

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  Middle East and Caucasus

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion , Religious


Artist: ANKA Culture Centre.

Confronting Bodies: The governer's office of Anka, Turkey, and his security staff at Mersin Security Headquarters.

Date of Action: March 2002

Specific Location: Anka Turkey

Description of Artwork: Tradional Turkist folk dancing festival.

Description of Incident: Mustafa Hazer, the executive of ANKA Culture Centre, organized a folk dance performance planned for March 9th. On March 4th, Mustafa Hazer informed the governor's office regarding the planned festival. Then on March 5th, Mustafa was summoned into the Mersin security office, and threatened with imprisonment if he did not postpone the performance.

Results of Incident: The performance was postponed, Mustafa signed the requisite paperwork in fear of imprisonment if he did not comply.

Source: Human Rights Foundation of Turkey.

Submitted By: Peter Silverman NCAC

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