It is claimed on various websites and social media that the highways going to the Presidential Complex and Supreme Electoral Council building were blocked by trucks.
Tweet: There are trucks belonging to Ankara Metropolitan Municipality parked around the Presidential Complex and Supreme Electoral Council. What on earth is this?
The claim was also published by news websites such as OdaTV, Cumhuriyet, Halkın Habercisi, Haber 3, and Aydınpost. The claim that highways to the Presidential Complex and Supreme Electoral Council building were blocked by trucks is true. However, it is understood that one of the photographs accompanying the allegation on social media was taken from a point next to ATO Congressium building instead of the Presidential Complex.
The trucks can be seen around the Presidential Complex
The photograph below accompanies many of the news stories about the claim.
It is understood that the photograph was taken at an approximately 1 km distance from the Presidential Complex.
Trucks are also visible around the Presidential Complex in other photographs circulated on social media.
It can be seen that the truck blocks the return path of Alparslan Türkeş Street which leads to the Presidential Complex.
The photograph that was claimed to be from thereabouts of the Presidential Complex is from ATO Congressium
When the streets from which these photographs were claimed to be taken are examined on Google Street View, it can be seen that the photographs were taken from a different location than the Presidential Complex.
One side of the street on which the Supreme Electoral Council building is located was blocked by a truck
Other photographs shared on social media show that Mithat Paşa Street, on which Supreme Electoral Council building is located, was blocked by trucks.
When the photograph is examined, it is possible to see that one side of Mithat Paşa Street that goes to Supreme Electoral Court was blocked by a truck.
In addition, when other images that were taken from Mithat Paşa Street during the election day are examined, it can be seen that the street was crowded by security forces and a truck.
To sum up, in the light of aforementioned photos that were circulated on social media and used by news sites, it is possible to say that some highways going to the Presidential Complex and Supreme Electoral Council building were blocked by trucks on election day. However, it needs to be mentioned once again that the photograph spread on social media with the claim that it shows the Presidential Complex actually shows ATO Congressium building and its thereabouts.
Translation: Rumeysa Sena Şahbaz
Google Street View, A view from the road that is at a 1 KM distance from the Presidential Complex
Google Street View, The view that shows the turnout on Alparslan Türkeş street
Google Street View, A view from the thereabouts of ATO Congressium
Google Street View, A view from Mithat Paşa Street