Wind Terror in Turkey



If you thought the carry-on and underhand tactics by the wind companies in Ireland was something to believe, feel relieved that you are not being threatened by the Turkish wind industry (probably owned by the same crowd?), who seem to be well in control of local government and the district courts.


The environmentalist Esen Fatma Kabadayi Whiting has been conducting a brave struggle against the energy company ABK Çeşme RES Enerji Elektrik Üretim A.Ş since 2013 February. She has been resisting the building of wind farms close to residential properties and has also been highlighting the devastation caused to protected areas of conservation and to agricultural land.


The energy company responded to this campaign by making a complaint of criminal slander against Ms Whiting, but she denied the charge as bogus in the Çeşme 1st Criminal Court. The company representative who made the complaint did not bother to appear, but despite his non-appearance in court to pursue his complaint, the case was adjourned to 18 December, rather than being dismissed.

Ms Whiting has often spoken out against the compulsory appropriation of land under the Emergency Nationalization procedure and the environmental damage caused by the Çeşme WPP company. She vowed not to give up and promised that the struggle would continue against the Çeşme WPP as she predicted: “One day the wind will turn.”

“I didn’t slander anyone. If I had said those words to him there I would say them to him again in this courtroom. I’m not one to be merciful with my words,” said Ms Whiting.

The case was postponed to allow the complainant to give his evidence in furtherance of the charge of criminal slander.


“As always the project manager makes the accusation and one of the company employees is the witness. In two years we have made many complaints against the irregular activities of the company. But we were not allowed to complain when we were threatened by their people or their bulldozers. Our struggle is a social struggle. This case against me is a case against the whole of Çeşme,” said Ms Whiting.

Ms Whiting claimed that despite many complaints made to the authorities about the company, including trespass on private land, illegal construction, illegal use of public roads and forgery of official documents, nothing had happened to the company. However, two cases had been taken against her and the community organization opposing the wind farms (Çeşme Sürdürülebilir Yaşam Platformu).

Complaints by the community organization include the fact that a wind farm is being constructed in an official 1st Level Natural Conservation Area which is illegal. Ms Whiting said: “All their construction is unlawful. Unfortunately, because there is no official oversight in this country this goes unnoticed.”

Due to Ms Whiting’s conviction along with her father and uncle in an earlier case, when they were fined 8.000 TL each for obstructing the company’s illegal work on their own privately owned land, a conviction in this case could result in Ms Whiting being imprisoned.

Ms Whiting stated that while their court appeal against the Emergency Nationalization of their land was continuing, the company had sued them for obstruction, and was seeking damages in the sum of 50.000 TL against her family.

“They wanted to appropriate our land under the Emergency Nationalization law. We argued that this law was wrongly applied as there was no benefit for the county or the public from this confiscation, it was only a benefit for a private energy company. Despite our on-going court appeal they opened a case against us for obstructing their work,” explained Ms Whiting.

The prosecution of this brave woman has resulted in massive public support in the area, and representatives from the various national woman’s groups attended the hearing, as well as the former Mayor and members of the Municipality, MIT, Police, and media, as well as a large crowd of well-wishers. all to applaud Ms Whiting’s speech in her defence.


This in itself was worthy of mention, as political opponents in Turkey seldom agree on much, but they were united in their opposition to “Big Wind”.

More info WPP in Cesme , Turkey :


About Neil van Dokkum

Neil van Dokkum (B. SocSc; LLB; LLM; PGC Con.Lit) Neil is a law lecturer and has been so since arriving in Ireland from South Africa in 2002. Prior to that Neil worked in a leading firm of solicitors from 1987-1992, before being admitted as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa (a barrister) in 1992. He published three books in South Africa on employment law and unfair dismissal, as well as being published in numerous national and international peer-reviewed journals. Neil currently specialises in employment law, medical negligence law, family law and child protection law. He dabbles in EU law (procurement and energy). Neil retired from practice in 2002 to take up a full-time lecturing post. He has published three books since then, “Nursing Law for Irish Students (2005); “Evidence” (2007); and “Nursing Law for Students in Ireland” (2011). He is an accredited and practising mediator and is busy writing a book, with Dr Sinead Conneely, on Mediation in Ireland. His current interest is Ireland’s energy policy and its impact on the people and the environment. He is also researching the area of disability as a politico-economic construct. Neil is very happily married to Fiona, and they have two sons, Rory and Ian.
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