Business owners in the Cizre district of the southeastern province of Şırnak voluntarily closed down their stores as the number of newly diagnosed COVID-19 patients in the area has been increasing, Mesopotamia Agency reported.
The spike in Cizre's COVID-19 cases comes during Turkey's "normalization" process that started on June 1, which lead to multiple streets, neighborhoods and buildings being quarantined in the area.
While many business owners made social media posts urging potential customers to stay at home, pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) district co-chair Güler Tunç echoed their message.
Hükümettin bize layık görmek istediği bu korkunç süreci biz ancak birbirimize destek vererek ve biz önüne geçersek başarırız,Halkların Partisi olarak bizlerde esnaflarımıza destek veriyoruz yarından itibaren ilçe Örgütü binamızı kapatıyoruz— Güler TUNÇ (@tuncguler9) June 14, 2020
Gelecek güzel günler için #EvdeKalCizre pic.twitter.com/Km2o6PWQiy
"We can only overcome this horror that the government has condemned us to if we support each other and stop it ourselves," Tunç said in a tweet.
The co-chair added that the local HDP headquarters would be temporarily shut down.Turkish Medical Association slams COVID-19 drug announcement over 'lack of scientific proof'