The Amedspor women’s football team have had their shuttle bus confiscated for a second time — this time by the newly appointed trustee mayor of Diyarbakır in southeastern Turkey.
Hasan Basri Gueloglu was appointed the trustee mayor of Turkey’s largest Kurdish majority city Diyarbakir when Turkey’s Justice and Development Party government removed Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (HDP) Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality Co-Mayor Adnan Selçuk Mızraklı on an accusation of supporting terrorism.
But it is not the first time that this has happened. The team’s shuttle bus taken to the municipal park by the previous Cumali Atilla trustee but later handed over to the women’s team following the public reaction.
Atilla was appointed as a trustee to the Diyarbakır Municipality by the Turkish government after the city’s elected co-mayors Gültan Kışanak and Fırat Anlı, both from Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), were removed from office and subsequently jailed on terrorism charges in 2016.
The Turkish T24 news portal reported that Guzeloglu gave the instructions to confiscate the bus, with the number plate 21 TC 361, which had been allocated to the Turkish Women’s First Football League’s Amed S.K. (Women) and its youth set up teams.
According to the local newspaper Fersude, the Amed SK, competing in the top leagues with 50 women players and Amed youth setups with 200 male players face huge difficulties in joining the leagues and the team is going to complain about the confiscation to the federation.
Turkey’s Ministry of Interior removed Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality Co-Mayor Adnan Selçuk Mızraklı, Mardin Metropolitan Municipality Co-Mayor Ahmet Turk and Van Metropolitan Municipality Co-Mayor from their posts in last month on accusations of terrorism.