Swiss police on last Friday cancelled an event celebrating the 102nd anniversary of the naval victory of the Ottomans against the mighty Allied forces and commemorating thousands who lost their lives during the Gallipoli Campaign, saying it could disrupt public order.
The event named after the well-known slogan “Gallipoli is Impassable” was scheduled for Saturday in Basel city in northwest Switzerland, expecting at least 500 attendees. Turkish singers Mustafa Yıldızdoğan and Nejla Çakmakçı were also planned to perform at the event.
The ANTIFA group had warned the Swiss canton that if they did not cancel the event, they would perform a demonstration against Basel police and ‘resort to anything’ to prevent the event from happening.
Meanwhile, various newspapers in Switzerland claimed that the event would call for a “Yes” vote from Turkish citizens in the upcoming referendum to be held in Turkey on 16 April.
The Swiss-Turkish Federation in a press release criticized these ‘unfounded’ reports in Swiss media, saying that they could not accept such biased and presumptuous claims.