Buyukcekmece is a coastal district in Istanbul with its local municipality operating rather independently under the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. Each local municipality in Istanbul is obliged to prioritize the good of residents living within their peculiar municipal boundaries. The conflict in this case stems from a decision of the Buyukcekmece Municipality widely clashing with the public opining regarding a private construction plan on a park, aka Albatros Park. Back in 2013, locals in Buyukcekmece protested and made it clear that they want no transition plan for the park after the municipality first time publicized the project concerning the fortune of the part. The project area concerns 3 hectares of the whole park, which is more than 15 hectares, but locals identify themselves with it, and also because it is the only remaining green public place in the Buyukcekmece coast. To that purpose, residents have formed a civil society group called ‘Diren Büyükçekmece Platformu’ - “Resist Buyukcekmece Community” – and opposed the decision peacefully, their actions ranging from street marches to a camping campaign in the said park. On 4 October 2015, at the 24th day of the campaign, police officers broke into the park and forcefully removed the activists, while detaining some 20 activists for a short while. Two spokespersons from the campaign issued a press release after the incident: “We meant to camp and plant trees in the park, with good intentions, but police did not let us do it. The municipality refuses to have cut trees earlier, but what happened to the park, which was green once, is evident. Over the past 15 years the municipality has been deliberately deforesting the park, which sadly accelerated gradually for the last 3 years. Every morning we used to rush to the park upon news on trees are cut down. They damage the trees with construction machines, later they warn the public against the risk of falling trees and eventually plead this for the tree massacre. The park has ancient trees that ought to be under conservation, we categorically reject any construction or building project within the park.” The head of Buyukcekmece Municipality, Hasan Akgün, on the other side, told the press that the land is municipality’s own property since 1957 and the project contains service points such as an hotel, restaurants and a residence. He said: “This project is no evil. The buildings would only confine to a small percentage of the area and remainders would be kept green. The municipality will make a fortune with the project, and there is no harm in this. The whole park is by no means subject to the project, but only a small piece of it, around 30% of it, which in fact, has never been a designated park before or never ever included in the park by our municipality. There have been hotels, restaurants, outdoor cafes and a camping area in this place since 1960s, generating revenue for the municipality, until we shot all of them down in 1999. However, the area lied fallow afterwards, serving the visitors as a park.” However he also adds that the municipality has all sorts of building and construction permits for that particular area and free to start any project any time soon. In retrospect, on 11 April 2017, in face of public objections and despite multiple ongoing court cases, municipality announced to have sold the land to a joint private group for 160 million Turkish liras ($45,7 million) after 7th public bid session. The highest bidder was an alliance of Demir Grup Yapı İnşaat A.S. and SKY Investment Group. However Buyukcekmece residents are furious at the agreement and they publicly denoted municipality, accusing the officers for not serving their people but for seeking rent. They also stressed that the sale is neither comprehensible nor legitimate while there are several court cases against the park sale under way, yet they are still pending. Activist shared their opinions on social media recently: "The Municipality intended to hamper our right cause by cutting down all the trees in there, the fight goes on. We'll rush to the park whenever we hear construction machines show up. There is no excuse as 'It is sold. That is it'.