Safe entertainment in Istanbul

Thanks to the Istanbul Police Department, we had the safest New Year’s Eve of our lives under the supervision and protection of our police brothers, as the Istanbul Police had gathered all their personnel in Taksim, Istiklal Street, Beyoğlu, Galata and Karaköy. We went out (in line with a stray cat) to eat, get some air and enter the new year on the street, and as soon as we took a step we found ourselves in the arms of the cops (sitting in Galata). It’s not that I’m slightly embarrassed by the horned Christmas crown I wore while I was going through the bag and top search of the security guards lined up, men and women. It turns out that there was a mapping in the Galata Tower; The crowd following it and the metro exit in Taksim, and then in Istiklal and Cihangir were almost all men between the ages of 17 and 25 who spoke Arabic, so the abundance of police officers around gave me peace of mind! Of course, they called us four times without discrimination and looked at our bag. All for us. If it weren’t for the occasional Russian-speaking youth, I would think I was in an Arab country. Most of them are walking around the streets without spending any money, listening to the buskers, eating the most sandwiches, sitting on the sidewalks. Of course, there are our young people among them, but they are all dry crowd.


When we came to Cihangir, where we were going to meet with our friends, my amazement increased. This time, there is no trace of the crowd that always overflows into the streets, there is even no one. Many places are closed. The police wanted the music volume to be turned down in the open places and they showed up a little. The fun is in order, two police cars are waiting in front of our place and police friends are taking pictures of our crazy young people dancing from the street. Other spaces are empty. It seems that in Cihangir, the neighborhood of the White Turks, either everyone is in contact with the Omicron variant of Covid or has fled, elsewhere, there is no one around. At 00.00, no one jumps out because the new year has started, except for Erasmus students and expat young people who are excited with the music played by Cenk Erdem, and adults like us who claim to stay young.


If you say why are you happy, because we got rid of 2021. Let those who come and go, but it was a nightmare year. Although I do not predict that 2022 will be better, I hope, at least thanks to our police brothers, we entered the streets without being harassed as in the past. On the way back to our house, the trams in Karaköy were also full in the morning, and the people, who were saved from begging for taxis, were able to go to their homes and hotels comfortably, as Ekrem Mayor extended the public transportation in Istanbul until the morning due to New Year’s Eve. We love our President and İBB employees; We will be in peace if our policemen also stop looking for terrorists under every stone to throw mud, what should the election rush do!


Izmir Metropolitan Municipality organized events at different points to welcome the citizens, who left behind a difficult year due to the pandemic and the deepening economic crisis, to welcome the new year with hope. Within the scope of the New Year’s program prepared with the slogan “Izmir’s new century begins”, “DJ Bey” took the stage at 21.00 and DJ Suat Ateşdağlı took the stage at 22.30. Simultaneously with the DJ performance, the video mapping show was projected onto the Telekom building.

Alternative rock band “Madrigal” met with the people of Izmir in Buca Kasaplar Square. Thousands of students said “hello” to the new year accompanied by songs performed by popular songs. “Gripin” took the stage in Bornova Âşık Veysel Recreation Area. The crowd that filled the amphitheater had a great time. Famous artist Feridun Düzağaç met his fans in Karabağlar Uğur Mumcu Park.


Sertap Erener took the stage at the concert held in Bodrum Municipality Square. At midnight, the luminous balloon was released into the sky. This year, for the first time in Bodrum, the citizens enjoyed themselves at the concerts used as the main stage in Kumbahçe, Hilmi Uran (Church Square) and municipality squares.


Ankara residents welcomed 2022 with celebrations at the 15 July Kızılay Milli İrade Square, Tunalı Hilmi Street and Ashgabat Street, which are the busiest places in the city. While citizens in the capital celebrated the arrival of 2022 with enthusiasm, it was seen that the security forces took intense security measures. Ankara Police Department announced that more than 16 thousand police officers were on duty in the city on New Year’s Eve. With the hours approaching 00.00 in Kızılay Square, the density of citizens increased. Those who wanted to welcome the new year had fun singing songs together. l ANKARA/The Republic

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