Istanbul police raided a coronavirus-themed house party of about 100 people in a house in the suburbs of Istanbul March 29.
After police discovered the party through participants’ social media posts, the house in which the event was hosted was sealed off and some 12 people were detained.
“We’re detaining them on charges of ‘disobeying preventions targeted at contagious diseases,’” police said.
According to the alleged organizer’s lawyer, some 15 people were taken to the police station to give statements.
“Social media blew this way out of proportion. There was absolutely no financial motive behind the party. It was just a few people having fun together,” the lawyer said.
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