Alipasa, Urban Transformation
Diyarbakir's neighborhoods Alipasa and Lalebey have been shaped through armed fights and forced migration since the 90s in Turkey's east and south east. These neighborhoods are a part of TOKI's new urban transformation project. After the demolition of 1.012 houses around Sur, the authorities argue about the usage of the areas according to needs of the city, which include recreation and parks. The houses of residents who have agreed about a price have been demolished. However, most residents continue to stay in their neighborhood while stating that the money offered to them does not cover the costs of a new home. In April 2017, the Sur governor's office has announced the demolition of the houses in these districts in a week's time through the mosque speakers. Electricity and water cuts shall persuade the residents into leaving their homes.