Hackney Empire cancels show led by ‘divisive’ member of Turkish parliament
- Credit: Archant
The Hackney Empire cancelled a concert the day before it was to be played after its lead performer – a member of the Turkish parliament – was judged to represent divisive values.
The show Siir Turku Turkiye, led by U?ur I??lak, was scheduled for March 26 before the theatre pulled the plug 24 hours prior.
In addition to being a musician, U?ur I??lak is member of the Turkish parliament where he sits for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
The party has been accused of discrimination against Turkey’s Kurdish population.
U?ur I??lak has made previous comments claiming “women are the slaves of men” and that the USA and EU are responsible for the recent terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.
You may also want to watch:
Hackney Empire commented: “We believe in balanced, open dialogue but we cannot knowingly allow the possibility of what we platform to offend or distress our communities without viable recourse.
“We therefore feel that it is the right decision to cancel this performance.”
- 1 Hackney ‘poised’ to undertake school closures after drop in pupil numbers
- 2 Prospect of £10K fine after Stamford Hill wedding
- 3 This isn't a funny column - Covid killed my father
- 4 Man sentenced for assault on Homerton Hospital nurse
- 5 Investigation launched after Stamford Hill lockdown wedding
- 6 Police seize lock and 'Rambo-style' knifes in London Fields
- 7 Man sentenced after teenage boy groomed on Snapchat to sell heroin
- 8 Campaigners launch legal challenge against Hackney LTNs
- 9 Covid vaccination hub opening in Westfield next week
- 10 Jailed: 'Dangerous' Hackney predator found with 1,600 indecent child images
The cancellation of the show was met with a mixed response in Hackney.
Complaints were raised by those looking forward to the concert, with one person saying he “will not rest” until the full reasons behind the cancellation are explained.
Others meanwhile praised Hackney Empire for making the “right decision” in standing against values that discriminate the borough’s large Kurdish population.
The cancellation of the show has attracted national media coverage in Turkey.
In December, Kurdish activists at Manor House undertook hunger strikes to protest against the AKP and its imprisonment of opposition politicians.