Batman, Turkey

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Batman is the provincial capital of Batman Province, Turkey and lies on the Batman River in the [1] southeast of Turkey.



The current mayor of Batman is Nejdet Atalay.[2] He was a member of the Kurdish Democratic Society Party until the Constitutional Court of Turkey banned that party on December 11, 2009 for alleged ties to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (an organization according to a number of nations and organizations), banning him and 36 other members of that now-disbanded political party from joining any political party for five years.[3] He is still mayor, but is no longer a member of any political party due to this court decision.


Batman Province is an important oil producing area, and Batman has Turkey's oldest refinery, established in 1955. A 494 km (307 mi) long pipeline transports crude oil from Batman to İskenderun. The railway track at nearby Kurtalan connects the city with Istanbul. There is also a regional airport near Batman.

History and demographics

Traditionally and historically this area was populated by Syriac Christians, among them this area had also strong population of pontic Greeks , Assyrians, Baghdadi Jews and Armenians, who lived in these areas from 500 BCE right up to the late 19th century.

Until the 1950s, Batman was a small village. When oil companies moved in and the city's economy started to grow, population figures began to rise. Many workers and state officials settled in the city. Presently, Batman faces a high level of unemployment. The city has been pegged to undergo renovations to become a tourist attraction.

Recent clashes

According to the EU-Turkey Civic Commission Submission on Recent Violence, on March 30, 2006, a 3-year-old boy was shot and killed by Turkish Security forces during a police raid on a civilian house in Batman during a series of violent clashes in the Kurdish regions of Turkey.[4]

Threat of legal action

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