Our weekly roundup of the local news and events from Fethiye, Oludeniz, Hisaronu, Kayakoy and area includes Marijuana farm found in rented home, election fever turns to violence as controversial political party opens office in Fethiye, Russell Crowe filming in the area and more.
Marijuana Farm Found in Rented Home
Local security teams could not believe their eye’s, it was reported, when they raided a rented Gocek home and found it being used as a Marijuana Farm.
The tenant had set up a complicated but it seems effective hydroponics system to grow the illegal plants.
The teams took away plants, roots, heaters, lights and other technical equipment including electronic temperature control units that were being used to grow the illegal cash crop.
They also seized what they believed to be Marijuana packaged up for sale and drug use paraphernalia.
The evidence is now being tested and the investigation continues.
Election Fever Turns to Violence as Party Offices Trashed
The local press has been full of smiling candidates kissing babies and shaking hands with the electorate as the 30 March election day draws nearer.
But those pictures turned into scenes of political unrest last weekend when a new election office was opened near Baha Sikman road in the Tasyaka area of Fethiye.
It was reported that a crowd gathered to protest at the opening of the offices of the Peoples Democratic Party (HDP) who are a pro-Kurdish political party.
The protest turned to violence when members of the crowd threw through the windows of the office and then attempt to rip down the party emblem from an outside.
The police formed a barricade to hold back the angry crowd and the emblem was eventually removed by the local fire service and the space replaced with a Turkish flag.
The crowd grew in size as word spread and other businesses were also attacked.
A specialist team of police dressed in full riot gear and armed with tear gas complete with a large white water canon vehicle were brought to the scene to disperse the angry crowd.
But more and more people continued to turn up and make shift barricades were built. The crowd continued to grow in size into the evening, split and then reform.
Police continued their work through out the night and into the morning with a final tally of 28 arrests and over 60 detained.
By the morning shops and other businesses around the area reopened and the Council began the clean up operation.
The co-chairman of the HDP is reported to have said that the attack on the offices in Fethiye was the 20th such incident to have taken place.
The HDP was formed last year as a sister party to the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) which holds power mostly in the southeast of Turkey to compete in the mayoral elections in the west of Turkey.
Russell Crowe Filming in the Area
KayaKoy & Tlos
The Hollywood star Russell Crowe was in town last week to film at some of the most outstanding areas of beauty for his new film the Water Diviner.
With his production unit he filmed on location at the KayaKoy Ghost Village and at the ancient site at Tlos.
Security was tight at each location with the roads closed, paths blocked by security guards and even the Extra’s had their mobile phones and cameras taken away from them.
Russell Crowe visited Fethiye in early October last year as reported on Fethiye Times.
He posted pictures via Twitter (@russellcrowe) of himself at some of the areas main attractions including KayaKoy and Tlos.
One Tweet included him in a picture by the theatre at Tlos. He wrote “reminds me of something”. Gladiator maybe?
The actor was reported to have stayed at the popular Yacht Classic Hotel in downtown Fethiye.
The team beat Karsiyaka 2 – 1 away on 9th March.
Next match is sees them against Manisaspor on Monday 17th March at home.
– 17/03 – Fethiyespor – Manisaspor
– 23/03 – K.Marasspor – Fethiyespor
– 30/03 – Fethiyespor v İstanbul B.B.
FethiyeSpor are 15th out of the 19 teams in the PTT1 League with 28 points after 28 matches.
The score sheet for the 28 games played to date is 7 wins, 8 draws and 13 lost.
The Turkish currency ended the week unchanged at 3.69 TL to the British Pound.
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