Seven police officers were killed after their reconnaissance plane crashed in a mountain in the eastern province of Van, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said early July 16. The 2015 model-plane had been carrying out reconnaissance and surveillance in Van and Hakkari provinces since July 13, said Soylu.
Turkey's Interior Ministry said that senior citizens will now be allowed to travel after obtaining a "tourism document" on the government's online portal. Although seniors are allowed to go outside between certain hours every day, the age group is still under curfew.
The Interior Ministry on June 19 announced that coronavirus quarantines are currently underway in 76 residential areas in 28 provinces. The areas are home to some 48,170 people. The ministry also said that quarantines have been lifted in 502 residential areas in 66 provinces.
Police have wounded two survivors of the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt during their protest in front of the AKP headquarters in the capital Ankara. Following scenes of police brutality, Minister Soylu invited representatives of the group to the ministry to voice his support to them. "I stand with you as long as I'm alive," Soylu reportedly told the group.
Turkey's Interior Ministry has said that the country's pseudo-police force of "neighborhood watchmen" are allowed to ask people for identification and conduct random controls.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has decided to cancel a weekend lockdown announced late on June 4 after public backlash. In a series of tweets, Erdoğan said on June 5 the government had to impose the weekend lockdown after daily new COVID-19 cases rose from around 700 to nearly 1,000.
Unlike the actual social distancing lines, the imaginary lines for freedoms and rights in Turkey are blurry and changing. The President and his allies distort and change the law to suit their whims. The Penal Code, the Constitution, and universal law are twisted accordingly.
Incidents of police brutality have been on the rise across Turkey during the curfews imposed against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with new footage showing police officers hitting or mistreating citizens surfacing on social media nearly everyday. However, the Interior Ministry released a statement on the increase, criticizing media outlets for reporting the incidents as "police brutality," adding that the aim of these videos is to harm the police force.
A total of 258,651 senior citizens and their companions have been given travel permits in one day after the government eased inter-province travel restrictions for those aged 65 and over.
Grocery shops will be open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on May 23, i.e. the first day of the upcoming four-day curfew. They will be also allowed to operate until 11 p.m. on May 21 and 22 before the curfew goes into effect.
Six co-mayors from the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) were removed from their posts by the Interior Ministry. While all six were replaced by trustees of the Interior Ministry, three of the southeastern co-mayors were later detained. Meanwhile, the mayor of an eastern province was detained on charges related to an ongoing investigation.
Turkey’s Interior Ministry and Health Ministry urged citizens to not relax their attention to COVID-19 precautionary measures. The message came after the government partially lifted curfews and reopened malls, barber shops and hair salons.
Turkey's Interior Ministry said that the sale of non-essentials in street markets could resume, since the country had made positive progress in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing and personal protective equipment will continue to be mandated.
Grocery stores are extending their closure hours on May 8, ahead of a weekend stay-at-home order. Meanwhile, those over 65 will be allowed to leave homes for four hours on May 10 when the rest of the population is observing the curfew. Children will be allowed to take walks for four hours on May 13 and teenagers on May 15.
Male violence is rising. Unfortunately, in quarantine days, the fight against violence has been made much more ineffective than before. It is not at all difficult, after all, to imagine the problems created by a perpetrator and a victim of violence staying in the same house.