In other depressive news:
Turkey’s Interior Ministry removed six co-mayors from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) May 15 in the southeastern province of Siirt, and detained the mayor of the eastern town of Iğdır.
Turkey’s media watchdog head has refused to fine a pro-government channel over an Islamist commentator’s remarks on her family’s “capability” to kill at least 50 people if a new coup attempt is undertaken in Turkey.
The coronavirus epidemic did not slow down the polarizing discourse in Turkish politics. The Justice & Development Party AKP government is cracking down on Republican People’s Party CHP municipalities as they have tried to organize city-wide arrangements for their residents during the outbreak, instead of abiding to national campaigns. Because of this, the term ‘parallel state’ has been on the agenda, meaning that CHP municipalities are being blamed for forming their own states within the state. AKP municipalities that have shown their own initiative during the outbreak have been spared these accusations.