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Anatomy of Turkey’s COVID-19 curfew

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At the very end of the day (literally), just two hours before midnight the interior minister declared a curfew for the weekend. And, all hell broke loose (again literally). The usually cocksure minister defended his last minute decision that he thought it could have been worse otherwise anyway. He later on magnanimously added that he took to heart all criticisms and even insults. Half of the population complained about their thinning beer and rakı supplies for the weekend, while the other half rushed to the few open bakeries to almost ransack them in order to stock up on bread.

Whereas a couple of hours before the –least to say- controversial Interior Minister took the podium, it was the turn of the rotund and mild-mannered health minister’s turn. During his daily evening press conference, where he is the sole and exceptional cabinet member to accept representatives from the independent media, the minister waxed lyrical: “The sun of the life that we miss will rise.” And added cryptically: “We expect a much larger spring.” It........

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