Turk­ish ex­pat in Ger­many ped­als to pro­mote home­land

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - National - IS­TAN­BUL / DAILY SABAH

WITH a large Turk­ish flag fly­ing at the back of his seat, Re­cai Pak cy­cled across Europe amid the pan­demic and reached his des­ti­na­tion of Ko­caeli in north­west­ern Turkey on Tues­day. The 46-yearold Turk­ish man jour­neyed from Cologne, where he works as an en­gi­neer, in an ini­tia­tive to pro­mote Turk­ish history and cul­ture on his bi­cy­cle.

Pak, who left Cologne in Au­gust, says he was dis­turbed by the “neg­a­tive news” de­pict­ing Turks liv­ing in Europe in the me­dia, so he set up a so­cial me­dia ac­count to doc­u­ment his jour­ney and re­flect the truth about the Turk­ish di­as­pora in Europe. “I have thou­sands of Ger­man friends on so­cial me­dia. I want to protest anti-Turk­ish pro­pa­ganda and ce­ment Turks’ ties with peo­ple of other coun­tries,” he told Anadolu Agency (AA). Pak shoots videos in the Turk­ish cities he vis­its to share on so­cial me­dia, say­ing: “I pro­mote my beau­ti­ful coun­try and our peo­ple with those videos.”

He now plans to travel to the cap­i­tal Ankara where he will visit Par­lia­ment, be­fore start­ing his jour­ney to the Black Sea, eastern, Mediter­ranean and Aegean re­gions of the coun­try. Pak is also plan­ning to ride to the Tur­kic re­publics in Asia in the fu­ture.

Re­cai Pak rides his bi­cy­cle, in Ko­caeli, north­west­ern Turkey, Sept. 29, 2020.

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