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Opposition as a virus

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Metropolitan municipalities in Turkey started solidarity campaigns. The government via its interior ministry blocked their bank accounts and the prosecutors promptly started investigating the mayors. They then started distributing loaves of bread during the weekend curfews – only to meet the same outcome.

In Eskişehir and Mersin again metropolitan municipalities’ soup kitchens that served the most needy inhabitants since over a quarter of a century are closed –again by order of the interior ministry. A moral boosting local municipality music truck doing the rounds in Kadıköy neighborhood of Istanbul (where I happen to reside) is stopped dead in its tracks and fined by the police. A field hospital with a capacity of a thousand beds put in place by Adana metropolitan municipality is closed by the interior ministry. Needless to add to the tally the fiercely targeted HDP municipalities where elected mayors are forcefully replaced by appointed bureaucrats even after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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