A landmark of the Aegean province, the Hilton Izmir will be closing on Oct. 16, the company said. A local paper reported that shareholders of the hotel, one of which is the Izmir Municipality, had been experiencing disagreements.
Main opposition İzmir Mayor Tunç Soyer on Aug. 30 led on his bike an open-top bus prepared for a Victory Day Parade. Soyer's move came after the governor's office barred him from touring the city on the bus and only allowed band members to ride it.
A fire that erupted on the side of a road to the beach devoured some 50 vehicles, stranding vacationers who had driven to İzmir's Ekmeksiz Beach on Aug. 24. Although the source remains unknown, the flames reportedly devoured some 10 hectares of land. "I don't know how we're going to get back. Our bags, money, cards. They all burned. I don't even have home keys. Everything burned," a beach-goer said.
İzmir Municipality halted a project to build escalators in a historic neighborhood after residents showed widespread protest. The project was designed for the historic neighborhood of Asansör where steep steps are the mode of transportation.
A white train car that Mustafa Kemal Atatürk used frequently was removed from its display in front of İzmir's train terminal. The car had been displayed there for 13 years, but the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) claimed that the artifact was badly affected by weather conditions.
Turkish authorities investigating the suspicious death of a 21-year-old woman in İzmir have arrested a man. Ceyda Yüksel's death has been reported to be caused due to cuts inflicted with broken glass. The man named Serkan Dindar, the only suspect in the case, claimed to not remember anything about the death of the young woman.
The ancient city of Kyme in the Aliağa district of İzmir faces the risk of destruction as changes in its protected status have enabled the encroachment of industrial port facilities. Experts have accused the İzmir No. 2 Conservation Board of failing to carry out their duties in neglecting to protect Kyme.
The administration of Izmir's Dokuz Eylül University has launched disciplinary investigations against healthcare workers who demonstrated in front of the university's hospital over its suspension of supplementary payments it owed to the workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Thousands of Turkish women on Aug. 5 held protests across the country to demand that the ruling AKP does not withdraw from the Istanbul Convention. During the protest in İzmir, police battered and detained several of the women. As some of the protesters resisted being detained, one of the police commanders was heard instructing his colleagues to “break their arms” should they defy the police.
Osman Özçalımlı, a Turkish soldier of Kurdish origin, was found dead while doing his compulsory military service in Turkey’s Aegean province of İzmir last week. In the face of authorities' contradictory statements, coupled with their son’s statement of having been threatened the day before, the family are now demanding to know what really happened.
Germany lifted a warning against travelling to four Turkish seaside provinces, Antalya, İzmir, Aydın and Muğla, as part of a deal to help revive tourism between the two countries, the foreign ministry in Berlin said on Aug. 4.
Turkish authorities on Aug. 3 ordered the closure of Çeşme's popular Momo Beach Club for 15 days as part of coronavirus measures after world-famous Ukrainian model Daria Kyryliuk said that she and her friends were attacked by the entertainment venue's security guards. Following Kyryliuk's statement, Turkish Culture Minister Nuri Ersoy had said that "no one will get away with this unacceptable hillbilly incident.”
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoğlu was ranked the most successful mayor in handling the COVID-19 pandemic in a recent survey by private poller SONAR Research. Imamoğlu was followed by Izmir Mayor Tunç Soyer, also from main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP).
Turkey’s top court finds violation of rights in case of protesters who rallied for secular education
Turkey’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the police intervention against a group of demonstrators who in 2015 called for a “secular and scientific education” amounted to a violation of their rights. The top court said that everyone has the right to hold unarmed and peaceful meetings and demonstration marches.
An association that aims to introduce the Aegean province of İzmir to Russian speakers recently launched its website. The Russian Speakers Friendship and Solidarity Association (RUSDER) website will provide information about local cultural events and archaeological sites in Russian, also bringing together the local Russian diaspora.