Hakkari (Colemerg) governorship in Turkey extended the ban on events and actions in the city for an additional fifteen days.
According to Yeni Yaşam, Hakkari governorship announced that the ban had been extended for a further fifteen days.
The reported reason for the extension of the ban was to protect “the indivisibility of the state and nation, national security, public order, preventing the commission of crimes, preserving others’ rights and freedoms, preventing the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak, preserving public health, preventing probable provocations and probable social incidents”.
The ban in Hakkari had been extended previously
The policy of imposing bans has been applied especially in the Kurdish majority cities in Turkey.
The ban in Hakkari had already been extended in previous months. Handbills, the distribution of leaflets, concerts and festivals have been included in the ban that has been implemented during January.
Noting that all villages and districts of Hakkari were included in the previous ban, the governorship has stated that: “Actions and events such as meetings in public domains, squares, avenues, streets, roads, parks, open meetings, demonstration marches, sit-in protests, hunger strikes, press statements, concerts, festivals, torch-lighting and handbill distribution have been banned until 30 January 2021”.