Villagers ban AKP politicians from entering village in Tokat
Villagers in the Turkish province of Tokat are refusing to allow lawmakers from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) entry out of frustration over a lack of services.
According to Duvar English, residents were refusing the allow AKP lawmakers to enter their villages.
A local village head, Mustafa Keskin explained that they have been unable to access government services for over three years. A largely agricultural province, Tokat has been suffering from droughts throughout this year, leaving fields dry after burning through their fields. Keskin said that these complaints have been raised with AKP officials but they took no action.
"Do I need to be someone's man to get services? We have switched to agriculture without water. We don't accept any AKP politician here," Keskin said, as he put up a sign that declared the ban.
"We've been resisting for the past three years, but now we're at the point of rebelling. We don't accept anyone from the AKP except for the Chief," he said, referring to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's nickname.
Over the summer, provinces across Turkey have suffered from wildfires which experts say is connected to global climate change.
Turkey is yet to ratify the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, which has been adopted by 196 countries.