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.
Ankara's removal of eight mayors from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) is an example of the government using the coronavirus outbreak as an opportunity, HDP Co-Chair Mithat Sancar said in a press conference March 23. He also criticized the government's economic stimulus package for failing to fulfill the needs of healthcare workers.
Turkey's Education Ministry (MEB) has reportedly asked teachers and school administrators in the southeastern province of Van to raise funds to buy fuel for the snowplows the ministry would send. While classes restarted on Feb. 17 following a 10-day snow break, the roads remain blocked in the southeastern province of Van that received snowfall of over a meter.