Opposition Good (İYİ) Party leader Meral Akşener has said that she donated money to Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş and Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu's campaigns that were launched to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), as she also slammed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for launching a campaign to collect donations from Turkish citizens to contain the impact of the pandemic.
Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun has shared a video showing President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan listening to the Muslim call to prayer in Granada. "May Allah make us reach days that we perform prayers in mosques altogether, shoulder to shoulder," Altun said.
A government-appointed trustee in the southeastern province of Batman has removed Kurdish from the municipality's website. The municipality website now serves only in Turkish. Meanwhile, ousted co-mayor Mehmet Demir said that the trustee resumed construction in buildings that were ruled to be demolished due to being unsafe.
Truck driver Malik Yılmaz, who criticized the government's calls for staying home amid the coronavirus outbreak due to his obligation to work, was detained and released on March 29. "You're saying, 'Stay home Turkey.' How can I? I'm not rich. I'm a worker. I'm a truck driver. I can't earn my bread if I don't work. I can't pay my bills and rent. Not being able to pay these is worse than dying," he said in a video.
Turkey's Constitutional Court has ruled for a right violation in the case into a protester hit by a gas canister fired by police during Gezi Park protests of 2013, as it also fined the state to pay 10,000 Turkish Liras to the complainant as compensation. It also questioned whether police officers who used tear gas received the necessary training, concluding that the complainant was wounded as a result of uncontrolled use of tear gas.
The Turkish government is going ahead with the controversial Kanal Istanbul project, despite widespread opposition and the current crisis stemming from the coronavirus outbreak. On March 26, it held a tender for the reconstruction of two bridges on the route of the project.
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has criticized the Constitutional Court for issuing rulings belonging to Norway and not Turkey when he was talking about the widespread operations against those determined to be sharing "provocative" social media posts. Some of the rulings issued by the Constitutional Court don't belong to Turkey, they belong to Norway," Soylu told broadcaster A Haber on March 26.
Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said that the practice of self-isolation is still "problematic" in Turkey's east and southeast. Reiterating the government's stance on the need for everyone to declare their own state of emergencies, Soylu noted that Turkey has been taking precautions against the virus at the highest level.
Turkey sent arms to Libya to support one of the warring factions, violating a United Nations arms embargo on the war-ravaged country, the BBC claimed, as it cited video footage and images taken inside the Turkish ship called Bana. According to Duvar English contributor Yörük Işık, the embargo is not as strict as the one imposed on North Korea, paving the way for both sides of the conflict to send weapons to the North African country.
Turkish President Erdoğan on March 25 held a cabinet meeting to discuss a legal amendment seeking to reduce the sentences issued to inmates, except for terror, narcotics and sex offenders. Erdoğan attended the video conferencing from Huber Mansion in Istanbul's Tarabya neighborhood. No statement was released following the meeting.
MHP Group Deputy Chair Erkan Akçay shared a picture of a man badly beaten by a group of ultra-nationalist MHP supporters, as he also bragged about the incident. "Who is this handsome man?" Akçay asked sarcastically in his Twitter post. "They say that his test for being undignified was positive," he also said.
Pro-government businessman Ethem Sancak's brother-in-law Mehmet Akarca was elected as the head of the Court of Cassation on March 24. A total of 332 court members cast votes in the elections that took place under coronavirus precautions. Akarca gained 267 of the votes.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has held a video conference with ministers, including Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu and Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, to discuss the recent developments on the country's struggle against the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Soylu told Erdoğan that the use of public transportation in 15 metropolises decreased by 80 percent between March 1 and 23.
Bosses close to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have forced workers to take unpaid leave amid the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the country. According to the workers at The Ankara Hotel, which is owned by Cengiz-Kolin-Limak, those who have annual leaves are forced to use them, while those who don't have any leaves are obliged to take unpaid leave between March 23 and April 15.
Only one in two people in Turkey are worried about Coronavirus, while close to 20 percent stated that they were “neither worried nor unworried”. More strikingly, despite the warnings only 48 percent do not shake hands while only 49 percent do not kiss when seeing someone.