In the city center location a declaration was done to the public and the numerous journalists. In the speeches Hasankeyf has been considered as one of the main symbols of the regional diverse cultural heritage and the Tigris River as the source of life in the greater region. The destruction of both (and similar dam investment projects) equals for the affected people as threat to life of a whole region and as a weapon against the rebellious local population. Included also the increased political repression in Kurdistan, the population is more upset of the government.
After the speeches the participants shouted “No to war and dams”, directly afterwards they did a march on the main road to the Zeynel Bey Tomb where dragons kites have raised to the air. The kites have been prepared for the children who have been killed in the last weeks in different Kurdish cities. A direct press release from Hasankeyf could not be done because the internet connection in the whole province has been cancelled by the government.