Hakkari (Colemerg) governorship in Turkey banned mass events in the city for a further fifteen days, this time including sky lanterns and flying balloons in the ban, reports Gazete Duvar.
The reason for the ban was stated to preserve ‘basic principles of the Republic, the full integrity of the state and the nation, national security, public order, others’ rights and freedoms, public health’, and to ‘prevent crime, the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak, and possible provocations’.
The statement by the Governership read:
“Rallies, outdoor meetings, protest marches, sit-in protests, human chain protests, all other marches and gatherings, public meetings, all kinds of multimedia broadcasts, hunger strikes, setting up tents, public press statements, signing campaigns, petition campaigns, sky lanterns and flying balloons, drones, paramotors, gliders and all similar aerial activities, all commemoration meetings and ceremonies except for those organised by public institutions, concerts, festivals, drama performances, cine-visions, pantomimes and similar activities, torch lighting, handing out flyers, leaflets, brochures, hanging posters, stickers and all similar activities, have been banned within the borders of Hakkari from 4 to 18 April in squares, avenues, streets and parks open to the public”.
Mass events have been banned in Hakkari for a long time. Earlier, all concerts, all festivals and distribution of leaflets were included in the ban.