Duvar EnglishTurkey declares curfew for weekend in 31 major cities
Several members of opposition parties have accused the government of failing in managing the coronavirus crisis after its sudden weekend curfew announcement caused a wave of panic buying among residents of 31 major cities.
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Engin Özkoç shared photos of long queues forming outside bakeries and markets, saying: “You are unable to govern.”
Özkoç wrote on Twitter: “The damage that the ruling AKP has caused to our Turkey is greater than the damage caused by coronavirus.”
“Social distancing which is being tried to be managed for days now has been wiped away in one night and with the hands of the Interior Ministry itself…Would curfew be declared just a few hours left [to midnight]?” wrote CHP deputy Oğuz Kaan Salıcı on Twitter.
Günlerdir korunmaya çalışılan sosyal mesafe bir gecede yok edildi, hem de içişleri Bakanlığı eliyle...— Oğuz Kaan Salıcı (@oguzksalici) April 10, 2020
Sokağa çıkma yasağı bir kaç saat kala mı ilan edilir?
Turkish Interior Ministry late on April 10 imposed a two-day curfew in 31 large cities, including Istanbul, Ankara and İzmir, in response to the spread of Covid-19. About one hour after its initial circular came a second notice, detailing the exemptions the curfew, saying bakeries, petrol stations, pharmacies and health facilities would be allowed to stay open during the curfew.Istanbul mayor criticizes sudden curfew announcement, says municipality has not been notified
CHP deputy Tuncay Özkan criticized the Interior Ministry for not notifying citizens of the exemptions sooner, saying this was one of the factors that led to panic and resulted in crowds queueing especially outside the bakeries and petrol stations late on April 10.
“Why did you not announce that places for urgent needs would be open [during the curfew] beforehand? Why did you annouce the [curfew] decision which was taken on April 9 only two hours left to the lockdown?” Özkan asked.
“The ones responsible for the queues in the streets are those who have announced the decision taken on April 9 only two hours left to the curfew! Those who cannot do anything else besides struggling on with the municipalities of the CHP! You are unable to govern and crumbling! Let our municipalities do their job!” he wrote on Twitter.
İlk korona virüs vakası 11 Mart'ta görüldü. Yarın 1 ay olacak. 1 ayda ulaşılan BULAŞ sayısına sokağa çıkma yasağını ilan etme beceriksizliğinizle 2 saatte ulaşacaksınız. Yazıklar olsun. pic.twitter.com/RMhH9RgO9Q— Tuncay ÖZKAN (@ATuncayOzkan) April 10, 2020
Canan Kaftancıoğlu, the Istanbul provincial head of the CHP, also slammed the government for its sudden decision of the curfew, saying: “You are unable to g-o-v-e-r-n! The mind boggles such an unplanned and unscheduled move...”
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An itibariyle İstanbul...— Canan Kaftancıoğlu (@Canan_Kaftanci) April 10, 2020
Nasıl plansız, nasıl programsız akıl alır gibi değil.. pic.twitter.com/9DijyhJdBB
A similar criticism came from the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP). In a message shared on its official account on Twitter, the party asked why the decision of the curfew was announced after grocery stores were closed down. The Interior Ministry has recently restricted the operating hours of grocery stores and supermarkets to between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
“What is the purpose of creating a panic atmosphere? The ruling AKP has once again shown it thinks nothing of the public health with the daily curfew. The ruling power is to be blamed for a burst in [coronavirus] cases numbers and deaths,” the party said.
#SOKAĞACIKMAYASAĞI neden marketler kapatıldıktan sonra açıklandı? Panik havasını yaratmanın amacı ne? AKP iktidarı günlük sokağa çıkma yasağı ile halk sağlığını hiçe saydığını bir kez daha gösterdi. Vaka sayılarında yaşanacak patlamanın da, ölümlerin de sorumlusu iktidardır. pic.twitter.com/dShrszwoVY— HDP (@HDPgenelmerkezi) April 10, 2020
HDP deputy Garo Paylan also criticized the abrupt curfew decision saying: “If you let citizens go outside during the weekdays and lock them in their houses on the weekend, then they will pass on the virus which they have received at work to those at home more.”
“The sudden curfew has caused panic. People are queuing to buy bread. Crisis could not have been managed worse than this,” Paylan wrote on Twitter.
İYİ (Good) Party deputy Lütfü Türkkan also got involved in the discussion, saying: “There is the right way to do things. These people [referring to the government officials] do not know any better and are incompetent people. Since they could not do things right, look at the streets. Then what is the good of this curfew?”
Her şeyin bir yolu yordamı var. Bunlar gerçekten yol yordam bilmeyen, basiretsiz beceriksiz adamlar. İşi doğru yapmayınca sokaklara bakın. Neye yaradı bu sokağa çıkma işi şimdi? pic.twitter.com/2FqkdeVnDJ— Lütfü Türkkan (@LutfuTurkkan) April 10, 2020