GastroAntep's opening ceremony featured a sparse number of chairs that were separated in accordance with social distancing measures, and the wearing of masks was enforced. That didn't stop a feast featuring some of the most beloved regional delicacies from being served. Amid the festivities, the elephant in the room was the country's increasingly-dire coronavirus epidemic that has spread to all major cities.
The Lice district of southeastern Diyarbakır assigned 22 teachers to inspect their parks for ten days. The teachers will be tasked with ensuring park visitors abide by COVID-19 prevention measures.
A prisoner rights' defender in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır said that she was kicked in the face during a police raid, originally intended to detain her father who runs a non-governmental organization. The Prisoners' Families Association co-chair's wife also said that police tortured them physically and verbally, insulting all family members.
Half of all fines issued nationwide for violating COVID-19 measures were located in the southeastern province of Gaziantep, the governor said May 14. The Gaziantep Governor's Office said that some 144.3 million liras' worth of fines were issued in the city since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.
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.
A mass wake gathering in the southeastern province of Van led to a jump in the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. Van Governor Mehmet Emin Bilmez said that the number of coronavirus cases jumped to 51 in the Ortanca neighborhood, while also urging Van residents to refrain from holding funeral ceremonies. "Report those doing so to police or the gendarmerie for your and social health," Bilmez said.
Three fourths of the youth in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir would rather live outside of Turkey, a March 1 poll by the Sociopolitical Field Research Center revealed. The participants cited better living conditions, more job opportunities and increased liberties as reasons for their desire to live abroad.
Respiratory masks have become a street commodity in Turkey's southeastern province of Van, neighboring Iran where coronavirus has killed 15. Street vendors sell the masks at 10 times their original price, asking for 10 Turkish Liras for masks that used to be sold for 1TL, 20 TL for masks originally sold for 2 TL or 3 TL.
Leaders of a local aşiret (tribe) in the southeastern province of Şırnak have agreed, in conjunction with local officials, to do away with the obligatory wedding dowry required for a couple to get married, citing rising costs that limiting the number of those able to do so. The decision, made by the Batuyan tribe, also limited the number of gold coins that can be bought for the bride and groom by guests at weddings.