(Haberturk Newspaper, 12 January 2011)
Mobile meatball seller Abdulmuttalip Demir, who didn't get the
shop stall promised to him in Bursa, threatened to jump off a
bridge. Local shop owners tried to persuade him out of it but
failing to do so they tied Demir to the bridge. The police came
and were unsuccessful in getting Demir off the bridge. Finally,
an aide to the mayor arrived and was able to talk Demir down
from Setbaşı Bridge. Demir was then taken to the police station
to make a statement.
Ten years ago Demir had had his vehicle impounded for drunk
driving and climbed the same bridge to commit suicide. At that
time Demir wanted then-president Ahmet Necdet Sezer to come
to see him. Told by police this would be impossible, Demir asked
for the governor. Police then had a local waiter pose as the
'governor', who was able to dissuade Demir from jumping.