A giant banner belonging to the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and calling for a “yes” vote in an upcoming referendum on a constitutional reform package was hung on the facade of the headquarters of the Felicity Party (SP) — which is against the reforms — in İstanbul’s Zeytinburnu district on Friday night.
The SP previously announced that it would say “no” to the reforms that will be voted in the referendum on April 16 and seeks to introduce an executive presidency in the country.
The banner was hung by a crane over the SP logo. When SP officials intervened, the crane operator had to take down the “yes” banner.
SP İstanbul branch head Birol Aydın, who was informed about the incident by party officials, came to the scene and protested the hanging of the “yes” banner on the SP building.
“This is a situation that needs to be condemned, and it runs against both political courtesy and moral values. Making an attempt to hang such a banner over the logo of our party proves something. It is a very important evidence of why a ‘yes’ vote cannot be cast in the referendum,” Aydın said.