A committee from Swedish Left Party has paid a visit to the HDP headquarters in the capital Ankara to express their support with party amid the latest government crackdown. Left Party Chairman Jonas Sjöstedt said that they are "very concerned" regarding the general situation in Turkey and the silencing of the HDP "will be a big loss" for the country.
A committee from Sweden's Left Party was barred from visiting former co-chair of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtaş. Left Party Chairman Jonas Sjöstedt said that the HDP co-chair was critical to solving Turkey's problems, adding that they think "that Erdoğan's fear of Demirtaş was the reason for his imprisonment."
Swedish citizens of Turkish origin have the highest rate of coronavirus of any ethnic group in Sweden, according to a report from Sweden's Public Health Agency. More than 100,000 citizens of Turkish origin live in Sweden.
Haci Bişkin reports: Turkey has prevented the Chinese tech giant Huawei from sponsoring Dalkurd FF, a football team based in Uppsala, Sweden made up of Kurds from the southeastern Turkish province of Mardin, according to the club's chairman Ramazan Kızıl. He also claimed that the Turkish state does not want them to attend European cup matches because of fears over possible encounters with Turkish teams.
Turkey on April 26 brought home one of its citizens who was diagnosed with coronavirus from Sweden upon his daughter's ask for help on social media. Emrullah Gülüşken was brought to Turkey via an air ambulance that left Malmo Airport at 9 a.m. local time and arrived at the Ankara Esenboğa Airport at 1:30 p.m. Daughters of the Turkish expat thanked President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Health Minister Koca for their initiative.