It appears that Turkey will face mounting problems with regards to the management of the pandemic in the coming weeks. As the government seeks control the pandemic, to be able to boast about its success story, the reality is that its ever-increasing oppression and lack of transparency do not help.
Dicle University in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır has denied changing the medium of instruction from Kurdish to Turkish at its Kurdish language department. The university said in a statement on Aug. 3 that the medium of instruction had been always Turkish for the Kurdish studies programs.
A Turkish court has upheld a nine-year prison sentence given to jailed former Diyarbakır mayor Selçuk Mızraklı. Lawyers will now appeal to the Court of Cassation, which is the last instance for reviewing verdicts given by courts of criminal justice.
Police have detained over 20 women, including a journalist, politicians and activists, in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır. A statement was released from the TJA on the issue, saying that the "attacks on women increased five fold under the current government."
Turkish doctors applied the Turkish ray therapy method (TurkishBeam) for the first time on June 26 for COVID-19 treatment on a patient in Diyarbakır. The patient is said to have recovered with this treatment method, according to state-run Anadolu Agency.
Bar associations in Turkey have said that their march to the capital Ankara is being carried out "against darkness," adding their aim is for the draft bill on changing bars' election systems to be withdrawn. "We are not in darkness, but against it. We're marching against darkness. We hope that our efforts yield results. This country needs bright days and we hope that we'll see them together," Van bar head said.
Council of Europe's Venice Commission has called on Turkey to reinstate mayors from the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) who were sacked and replaced with trustees. It listed recommendations, including making the law on ineligible candidates clear, recognizing the elected six mayoral candidates of the district municipalities of Diyarbakır, Erzurum, Kars and Van and reinstating the mayors of Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van.
Police victim’s father to be tried over ‘terrorism’ after court overturns acquittal ruling in Turkey’s Şırnak
The acquittal decision for the father of a police victim from the Kurdish-dominated southeastern province of Şırnak was overturned. 24-year-old Hacı Lokman Birlik was shot to death and his body was dragged behind an armored vehicle. Birlik's father and nine others once again face terrorism charges for shouting Kurdish slogans at his funeral.
Turkey's COVID-19 Science Committee urged citizens to continue to follow preventative measures as the number of daily COVID-19 diagnoses has been on the rise since the start of the "normalization" process. The northern province of Gümüşhane has the highest fatality rate in Turkey with 12.4 percent, while the southeastern border town of Kilis has the lowest with 0.33 percent.
Kurdish issue-focused Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) has said that its Democracy March is a call to all powers seeking freedom. "This great will and belief will definitely reach its aim. We saw this great power everywhere," HDK co-spokesperson Sedat Şenoğlu said upon the march's arrival at the southeastern province of Diyarbakır.
Turkish prosecutors are seeking between three and nine years for a police officer who shot and killed university student Kemal Kurkut during Newroz spring celebrations in Diyarbakır in 2017.
Istanbul police will conduct inspections on cafes and restaurants amid a spike in coronavirus cases and reports that some of the enterprises are not abiding by the new rules on distancing and heightened hygiene procedures.
The Lice district of southeastern Diyarbakır assigned 22 teachers to inspect their parks for ten days. The teachers will be tasked with ensuring park visitors abide by COVID-19 prevention measures.
Münir Karaloğlu, a politician known for his praises for the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, was appointed as the governor of the southeastern province of Diyarbakır. This is not the first time that a governor with known Gülen links was appointed to the province. Hüseyin Avni Mutlu, who was later convicted of Gülen movement membership, was another one.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that the country's eastern provinces have recently seen a partial increase in the number of coronavirus cases. Koca's statement came as the southeastern province of Diyarbakır made the wearing of masks mandatory in all public spaces amid concerns of a second wave in the province.