Yesterday, October 29, Turkey celebrated 87 years of the Republic of Turkey. It was a public holiday, and everyone was in a festive mood. Bunting flapped from every lamp post, and Turkish flags flew everywhere. In the evening, thousands of people took to the streets in a celebratory mood.
The Carnaval Turco percussion group had the crowd dancing
and waving their flags
In Bağdat Caddesi, they gathered in large groups, singing patriotic songs, dancing, or listening to old recorded speeches by Atatürk. Fortunately, the police had cordoned off the traffic, as a tidal wave of marchers flowed down our street, waving flags and carrying banners showing images of Kemal Atatürk. They all seemed deliriously happy, and full of pride for their country.
Thousands of people marched down the streets,
waving flags and carrying banners
Bağdat Caddesi was full to overflowing of happy people celebrating, and the amazing thing was, we only saw one obviously drunk man, and absolutely no loutish behaviour at all, during the whole evening! ...and, when we woke this morning, the streets were pristine clean again, thanks to the local municipality workers. Is this where "lessons could be learned", especially in the UK?