- Title: TURKEY: SCREAMING CONTEST
- Date: 26th May 2001
- Summary: (L2) IZMIR, TURKEY (MAY 20, 2001) (REUTERS) CONTESTANTS SCREAMING; CROWD SCREAMING; CONTESTANTS SCREAMING; CROWD SCREAMING; CONTEST SOUNDBITE (TURKISH), WINNER OF THE CONTEST, NURI CIHAN SAYING "I let this energy from my work. I am a worker. I do work a lot, but I am not paid. I mean all I earn goes to the house expenditure. I don't have anything else to say. The IMF decisions collapsed Turkey." SLV CONTEST SOUNDBITE (TURKISH), RUNNER-UP, NILAY BAYRAM SAYING "My slogan was 'No to the traffic monster'. I lost my friend in a car accident. He was very young. I screamed for him. I can not say anything else. He was only sixteen and getting prepared for university exams. I lost him." SLV CONTEST
- Embargoed: 10th June 2001 13:00
- Location: IZMIR, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Quirky,Light / Amusing / Unusual / Quirky
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- Story Text: In Turkey people were shouting at the top of the lungs in a screaming contest in a coastal town.
The contestants yelled their reasons for screaming before their performance.
The winner was the one who screamed against the IMF and economic crisis.
Shrieks from competitors on stage mixed with a roaring audience was heard in a screaming contest in the western, coastal city of Izmir on Sunday (May 20).
As some in the audience blocked their ears to prevent possible ear damage, nevermind head aches, the rest were happy to answer the screams with even louder ones.
Both men and women competed - showing the power, and variance, of human lungs.
The length and art of the shouts are important factors in the scream contest.
But the only official rule is that contestants must give a "reason" for screaming.
On stage, before the performance, the reasons varied from "Peace for everyone" to "I love my child" and "Because I want to do."
But those reasons failed to produce a winner.
The runner-up, with perhaps the longest, shrillest screech of all, said she was screaming against traffic accidents.
"Stop the traffic monster" shouted the girl, who lost a friend in a road accident.
But the winner shouted the same words that are being shouted by protesting workers and students all over the world: "No! to the IMF."
The winning prize is 100 million Turkish liras, which is about $900 US dollars.
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