The Turkish government needs to take independent scientific advice into account if it really wants to gain total control of the pandemic. Attempting to suppress critics, the media and scientific advice is not the solution.
There may have been changes in the relations between the underworld and politics in Turkey but nevertheless the relations between criminal chiefs and the politicians and bureaucrats can still overwhelm the political agenda. As politics is criminalized, mafia is further politicized.
Şafak Göktürk writes: This pandemic will surely have an abiding significance beyond its pathology. Yet, it will more likely be owing to its role in sharpening public awareness about our already existing afflictions. Of all the leaders, worst performers turned out to be the populists.
Turkey will impose a two-day curfew in 15 provinces beginning Friday midnight in an effort to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Interior Ministry said grocery shops will be allowed to operate until 11 p.m. on June 5 and they will be open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on June 6.
People flock to streets after midnight as life returns to ‘normal’ following COVID-19 pause in Turkey
Residents of Turkey's provinces under COVID-19 lockdowns flocked to streets, bus stations and even the beach after midnight. As businesses reopened and daily life returned to pre-coronavirus activity, traffic congestion in Istanbul rose to 26 percent by 7.30 a.m. on June 1.
An anonymous resident of the southeastern province of Diyarbakir infected 13 people during an Eid al-Fitr visit to their family members. The individual’s visit violated the nationwide lockdown implemented in an attempt to prevent gatherings during the holiday.
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.
Istanbul's small businesses and artisans who have been already struggling for some years amid a series of economic hits, have been greatly impacted by the coronavirus. Although they are awaiting a recovery in the post-coronavirus normalization period, many of them cannot predict what the future will look like as the city's hotspots are no longer the hive of activity they once were.
Turkey's law enforcement fined some 47,831 persons during the four-day curfew on and after Eid al-Fitr. Citizens flocked to the streets immediately after the lockdown ended at midnight on May 27, even creating traffic congestion in Istanbul.
This year, the May 19 celebrations in Turkey were held within homes due to the coronavirus lockdown. Nationalist and neo-nationalist accounts called for a united celebration at exactly 19:19 in the evening. Even Atatürk as a symbol seems to have been partially adopted by the AKP regime in order to create total control over the public.
Turkish grocer Şok under fire over reports of forcing staff to work overtime due to weekend lockdown
Turkish grocery chain Şok is under fire over reports that it is abusing its workers by extending working hours during the coronavirus outbreak in order to make up for hours lost to weekend lockdowns. One of the Şok workers told Bianet that she had been forced to work 12 hours a day last week and had been threatened by managers not to talk to journalists about this issue.
Meryem Dutoğlu writes: Authoritarian governments already see the coronavirus pandemic as a great way to test and legitimize the use of surveillance tools. If not abused now, surveillance practices may remain in place in various forms and used for the regime’s sake, such as in the cases of following opponents, manipulating electoral campaigns.
Istanbulites on April 18 reacted with awe at the sight of the Mount Uludağ, which became visible from several kilometers away due to the reduction in air pollution caused by the country's coronavirus weekend lockdown.
Turkey is implementing a curfew only for weekends, because otherwise the economic cost "would have been much higher," Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın said, amid calls for a full lockdown to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.
The past weekend’s power play induced much uncertainty and even panic about the government’s fight against the grave danger of the COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey. However, it also revealed that new power centers within the ruling establishment have been built over time.