REFERENDUM TO BE HELD IN KAYAKÖY ON SEPTEMBER 20
A referendum is to be held on September 20 regarding the name change of Kayaköy to ‘Kayıköy’, which is known as the world famous Greek town in Fethiye.
Eren Fehmi Eroğlu, the Yoruk Turkmen researcher and Teacher of Social Sciences, the Assistant Prof.Dr. Dr. Mustafa Gökçe, Expert of General Turkish History, and Ramazan Kıvrak, President of the Association of Fethiye Yoruk Turkmens, claimed that Kayaköy, known as a Greek Town, had been named ‘Kayı’ in the Ottoman archives and was actually a Turkish village. Researchers state that they have found the seal of ‘Kayı’ on the gravestones in the ruins around the village and before Greeks, Turks used to live in the area. 5 thousand signatures have been collected for the petition which had been started last February to change the name of the village to ‘Kayı.’
DECISION FOR REFERENDUM
Fethiye Council discussed the petition of Eren Fehmi Eroğlu predicting the change the name of Kayaköy to ‘Kayı’ last March. Although some council members noted that the name change would have a bad influence on tourism, the petition has still been accepted unanimously after all the discussions. It is decided that a referendum is to be held to change the name of Kayaköy to ‘Kayı’ having a population of 500 people.
REFERENDUM ON SEPTEMBER 20
The Council of Fethiye has announced that the referendum is to be held at Kayaköy Elementary School on September 20, Sunday. The voting starts at 08.00 a.m. and will continue until 05.00 p.m. Only the inhabitants of Kayaköy will be able to vote for the referendum. The name of the village will either remain ‘Kaya’ or change as ‘Kayı’ based on the referendum results.
70 THOUSAND TOURISTS VISIT
Following the population exchange between Greece and Turkey in 1923, the village had been evacuated. The ancient stone houses have turned Kayaköy a ghost town for 92 years. After the Greeks were deported, new residential areas were opened and currently, 500 people have been living here. Nearly 70 thousand tourists visit Kayaköy every year.