Road signs in Kurdish will lead to chaos!

UPDATE: 21 January 2011.  Prosecutors in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır have chosen not to proceed with charges into a series of bilingual road signs erected by the local municipality.  See story here.

One year ago road signs started appearing around Diyarbakır with names of villages in both Turkish and Kurdish. This bilingual sign initiative was spearheaded by the Diyarbakir City Council. This came following Interior Minister Beşir Atalay’s announcement that towns and villages would be allowed to return to their Kurdish names as part of a government plan to improve Kurdish rights.

The initiative came to a screeching halt earlier this week as the Turkish Council of State—the highest administrative court in Turkey—upheld the Diyarbakır Governor’s office objection to the road signs. The Council of State has declared that all 91 bilingual road signs must be removed. The Council’s statement said that the road signs with the Kurdish names would cause problems for postal and transportation services.

The Diyarbakır Governor’s office in a statement said ‘Turkey is an indivisible country and nation, its language is Turkish.’ It also said that addresses in other languages would lead to chaos.


4 thoughts on “Road signs in Kurdish will lead to chaos!

  1. I have no problem with this. If Turkey is an indivisible country and nation and its language is Turkish it will simply have to withdraw from all Kurdish and Armenian areas. The court made a good point. And now Turkey should go all the way.

  2. they have chaos in their heads, instead of brains. and if anyone is wondering if something like that is really a problem, should see Wales and the road signs written both in english and welsh language, which is completly different not only from english, but from any language :)

  3. i live in Amed. Amed=Chaos.

    what we should be arguing how to improve the living standards in this wildly growing city. never in my life have i witnessed as poorly managed city as this beloved city of mine.

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