Call to support Turkish actor
International Federation of Actors (FIA)
call for support:
Üzümcü Levent, a member of the Actors’ Union of
Turkey, and a well-known Turkish actor in the Municipal Theatre of Istanbul and Chairman of the Association of Actors of the Municipal Theatre of Istanbul (AAMTI),
has been fired for making comments about "High
Level State Officials".
Levent made the comments during the Gezi Park protests in Turkey in 2013, where police forces repeatedly used excessive force to prevent and disperse peaceful demonstrations. The protests were started by thousands of people against the lack of basic freedoms in Turkey, including freedom of expression. It is not the first time that a Turkish actor has been threatened by the government. FIA is outraged by this denial of freedom of expression and artistic freedom and very concerned about the attitude of the Turkish government toward performers. This decision appears to be a clear violation of Article 26 of the Turkish Constitution, which states that “everybody has the right to express and diffuse his/her ideas and convictions, individually or as part of a group, orally, in written forms, with images or with any other medium”. Actors from across the world are asked to write letters to the Turkish government calling on them to reinstate Üzümcü Levent: