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Governor bans all group activities for 15 days in predominantly Kurdish province

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The governor’s office of Turkey’s Kurdish-majority Hakkari province in the southeast has announced that a ban has been imposed on all kinds of groups events and activities in the city for 15 days due to security concerns and the further spread of covid, local media reported on Wednesday.

According to a statement released by the governor’s office on Wednesday, all group events and activities in public areas such as squares, streets, roads and parks within the borders of Hakkari will be banned from June 21 at 00:01 a.m. until July 5 at 11:59 p.m.

Among the prohibited activities are rallies, open-air meetings, protest marches, sit-ins and hunger strikes, in addition to concerts, festivals, theater performances, audiovisual presentations and commemorative ceremonies.

In accordance with the relevant articles of the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations and the Provincial Administration Law, activities deemed appropriate by the governor’s office and district governors’ offices are excluded from the scope, the statement said.

The governor’s office said the ban aims to protect the indivisible integrity of the state and nation, national security, public order and people’s rights and freedoms, in addition to preventing crime and the further spread of covid, as well as possible provocations and potential social incidents.

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