Protestors leading the fight against plans for a quarry extension, asphalt plant and cement factory in the mountains north of Fethiye have confirmed details for their next fundraiser next weekend.

It’s hoped as many as possible will attend a dinner and demonstration of Latin dancing at the Park Alya next Saturday (May 18), helping to raise funds to keep up the pressure on the firm behind the controversial proposals.

Mass turnout

Around 300 people turned up at a community “picnic” on Friday, May 3, timed to coincide with a visit by representatives from the quarry company who wanted to promote their plans for expansion in the area to the village of Koruköy.

The mass turnout was enough to prompt a rethink of the venue, with the presentation given outdoors to accommodate everyone who came to listen and to express their views.

But, despite national coverage in the Turkish media, leading members of the campaign against the application say there was little in the way of reassurance or any attempt to address the concerns many have over the potential impact of the project on the environment or the livelihoods of those who live and work in the area.

Maintaining momentum

While the turnout in Koruköy was a clear indication of local opposition to the quarry firm’s proposals, the protest group is hoping to maintain the momentum with more events in the weeks and months to come.

The dinner next weekend starts at 7pm with tickets on sale at 65.00tl per person. The money will help to cover legal advice and representation should the application for the extended quarry, asphalt plant and cement factory end up in the courts.

However, for those who cannot attend, donations can also be made via the Üzümlü Environment Protection Group’s GoFundMe account.

More information about the campaign and about the dinner next weekend is also available on the group’s Facebook page.