The Young Civilians organized a footrace in Ankara from the CHP (Republican People’s Party) headquarters to the Constitutional Court, a frequent destination for the party after every government initiative aimed at improving democracy in the country.
Young Civilians started the race in front of the CHP headquarters amidst astonished stares of party officials, and after riding in vehicles during some parts of the race, passed the finish line at the Constitutional Court. Titled the “First Traditional Folder-Carrying Footrace from the CHP [Headquarters] to the Constitutional Court,” the race was attended by tens of youngsters.
Nurcan Çalışkan ( one of the leading members of the Young Civilians) read a statement before racers set off and detailed the reasons for their protest deriding the CHP. “We are organizing this footrace to find quality staff for the CHP, which has run to the Constitutional Court following every constitutional change and which is presently awaiting busy days for the same reason. The winner will have a great advantage for being employed by the party,” she said. The CHP has applied to the Constitutional Court 36 times since 2007 during the term of the last Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government. The party has vowed to bring the government’s newly announced reform package, which has received wide appreciation both from within Turkey and outside the country with the prospect of further democratizing Turkey, to the top court as well.
Following the race, winner Tarık Beyhan said he would do his best to earn the CHP’s respect. “I will carry many folders to impede the functioning of Parliament and to earn the CHP’s respect,” he said.