When I was a kid, certain national holidays were a big deal. As students, we would train for weeks for Children’s Day on April 23 and National Youth and Sports Day on May 19. Then we would perform some choreography mixed of dance and gymnastics in the city stadiums. Parents would come and cheer, people […]
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.
The novel coronavirus will be around for a while and Turks need to learn to live with it by arranging their lives accordingly, President Erdoğan said. “We will not perceive normalization like our lives prior to March 20. We will arrange our lives not forgetting the fact that the virus will be around for a while," Erdoğan said on May 19.