While large companies, factories, and construction sites are still open, closure bans are imposed on small shops by the government in Turkey due to coronavirus restrictions. As a result of this double standard, many shops are closed during the pandemic and many are still trying to survive.
Güler Yıldız’s small shop is one of them. She has been running a cafe with her children in the famous Istiklal Street of Istanbul for 12 years.
“I don’t know, our future doesn’t look good, I have no hope, I am trying to be optimistic for my children but unfortunately our future does not look good,” she explains her feelings to Jinnews.
Güler Yıldız holds the government responsible for that.
“Social state means standing next to the victim and poor, now you tell me to close your shop but you do not send me any aid package, they did not give me any support, they could contribute to electricity bills, water bills, rent, I have been paying taxes for years to this country” she says “If they had properly imposed lockdown for 20 days, this virus would not have spread this much.”