The district governor ban's on a theater play in Kurdish-language should be interpreted as a punishment against the Kurds for having voted for the opposition in Istanbul’s mayoral elections. Yet it is not only a punishment, for when the government throws a stone, it wants to hit more than one bird.
Istanbul municipality demolishes cafes said to be unlicensed on Heybeliada, meets with fierce criticism
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İBB) police teams on Sept. 24 demolished some restaurants and cafes on Heybeliada on the grounds that they were unlicensed. Café owners slammed the İBB's move saying that they had already paid an "occupancy fee" to the local management to use the lands in question.
The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İBB) received a rare, valuable portrait of Mehmet the Conqueror this week, following a delicate and complex method of transport devised to ensure the safety of the artwork.
Upon the orders of the governor's office, police have torn down the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality's posters reading "Either Kanal or Istanbul." Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu slammed the move, saying: “Unfortunately a handful of people are now doing whatever they want, even without needing the judiciary's decision. Unlawfulness has become the country's biggest problem."
The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Council has raised the price of water by 12.6 percent. AKP councillor Tevfik Göksu said that although Istanbul's Water Authority İSKİ had demanded a raise of 35 percent, AKP and MHP councillors would be willing to approve only a 12.6 percent raise, which he said was the current average inflation rate.
In the light of social-distancing orders, the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality placed "social distancing circles," measuring roughly 240 cm in diameter and spaced 180 cm apart, throughout Caddebostan Park. The municipality will extend the implementation to other parks in the city in the following days.
AKP Istanbul councillor legitimizes killing of woman by boyfriend, says couple ‘was having extramarital life’
A councillor from the ruling AKP has legitimized the recent brutal killing of a woman by her boxer boyfriend, saying: "The story is the same, a freedom-lover woman and a death story that takes places in an extramarital life."
Turkey's Press Advertisment Agency (BİK) has imposed a 35-day ban on sending ads to the daily Cumhuriyet for reporting on an illegal construction facilitated by Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun on a patch of land that he rented in Istanbul. The Cumhuriyet article, which was used as the ground that the ban was justified, is currently inaccessible in Turkey without using a VPN.
A foundation led by the Turkish president's son-in-law announced May 13 that they were annulling a contract they had signed with the Istanbul Municipality (IBB) in 2017, before it was won by main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). The announcement came after a few weeks long brawl with CHP deputy Veli Ağbaba about the project that started when the latter claimed that Istanbul municipality had funneled 41 million liras to T3 Foundation.
Istanbul municipality committee warns early ‘normalization’ could lead to a sudden surge in infections
The Istanbul Municipality's Science Committee warned against early relaxing of COVID-19 precautions as the country begins normalization. The municipality criticized the reopening of shopping malls, hair salons and barber shops, and the start of the national soccer league.
The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İBB) has announced that 433 of its employees have been infected with the novel coronavirus, while Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu has said that the government's move to impose a partial curfew covering only weekends will fall short of tackling the coronavirus epidemic.
Abbas Karakaya writes: While Istanbul's Anatolian-side suburb of Çekmeköy may be adjacent to the city's northern forests, it is among the most lacking in active green areas out of all of Istanbul's 39 districts. Forests and parks in the district are seen as a means of creating tenders and generating wealth. One of the most typical examples of this approach by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)-led Çekmeköy municipality is the observation point project.
Public transportation ridership is down by 10 percent in Istanbul in the last three days, the municipality announced on March 13. The number of passengers has reduced to around 6.73 million per day from 7.44 million amidst growing concern over the novel coronavirus, the municipality spokesperson announced.
Unknown assailants have broken hand sanitizer dispensers that were installed at metrobus stops by the Istanbul municipality amid coronavirus fears. The municipality spokesperson Ongun said the security video recordings were shared with the police to identify the assailants.
The Municipality of Istanbul (IBB) has purchased 60 vehicles of two different models to replace the horse-drawn carriages of the city's Princes Islands following a decision made in December 2019 to transition to wheeled electric vehicles. While 40 of the vehicles seat 13 people, the rest are four-seaters that will be used on-demand by residents who have a hard time navigating the sloping landscape.