The convention was introduced here, in Istanbul, back in 2011, and ratified in the parliament a year later. What changed in the last eight years that the AKP came to the point of withdrawing from the Convention? The answer lies in the drastic change in the political agenda, the growing oppression, and the undermining of basic human rights.
In the past four months, none of our municipalities prepared the infrastructure for washing our hands. They were not able to meet the sidewalk conditions of 1.5 meters width for the social distancing of pedestrians. Almost all of our 1,397 municipalities have failed according to these criteria, including opposition ones.
When last weekend's coronavirus curfew was lifted by President Erdoğan and when crowds hit the streets immediately, Health Minister Koca could have thought of a better solution than sitting in front of his computer and posting a tweet.
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.
Vecdi Erbay writes: When I crossed over to the Gazi Avenue from Dağkapı in the center of old town, the crowds I saw made it obvious that Diyarbakır is not taking the coronavirus seriously. When people saw the police vehicles they made moves as if they were leaving but then returned to the benches they were sitting on after the police left and enjoyed the April sun.
Music writer Barış Akpolat spent “200 Hours with Ezhel” conducting interviews that shed light on Ezhel’s musical journey from street concerts in Ankara to sold-out stadiums, from a jail cell in Istanbul to the New York Times list of the most important emerging artists in Europe. Akpolat’s book also provides insight into Ezhel’s political beliefs.