State-owned VakıfBank has declined to make a payment to an earthquake survivor who had been granted state aid because she had been laid off from her job via state of emergency decree following the failed coup attempt of 2016.
A state clerk laid off amid Ankara's mass layoffs to "cleanse the state of coup plotters" in 2016, Ayşe Dabak qualified for state aid when her home was severely damaged in the Oct. 30, 2020 earthquake in Aegean İzmir.
"İzmir Municipality put 10,000 liras of aid in VakıfBank for her to withdraw, but VakıfBank didn't pay her saying her ID number was 'objectionable,'" pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu said in a tweet on Jan. 28.
Bu kaçıncı skandal..!?— Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu (@gergerliogluof) January 28, 2021
Ayşe Dabak KHKlı bir zabıt katibi
İzmir depreminde evi ağır hasar aldı. @izmirbld 10.000 ₺yardım için Vakıf bank'tan çekmesi için yatırdı. @VakifBank "sakıncalı TC'niz var" diye parayı ödemedi
Bu ne rezalet!!! @HMBakanligi pic.twitter.com/Wev9Qm0QI1
"She called me crying. She asked me 'Aren't we citizens? Aren't we human? Our home is destroyed and this is how we are treated,'" Gergerlioğlu said in parliament about his interaction with Dabak.
The mistreatment of those laid off via state of emergency decree is a common practice in Turkey, as their dismissal from their posts were related to the coup attempt, effectively branding them as suspicious persons.