The Turkish Communist Party (TKP) was banned from organizing a rally for their centennial under the pretext of precautions against the COVID-19 pandemic, the party said on Sept. 3.
"The Istanbul Governor's Office that's been overlooking precautions in factories and shopping malls, and ignoring the state that hospitals are in, has banned our party's meeting under the guise of concern for public health," said an official statement from TKP.
Instead, the party will organize smaller celebrations at 500 different locations on Sept. 10 to celebrate their 100th anniversary.
"This ban will surely not be able to stop participation in our cause that's been on the rise lately," TKP said.
"We will gather in streets around the world on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. for socialism, independence and secularism, and salute TKP."