Trustee removes Kurdish signboards in Çaldıran, Van

The trustee of the former HDP-led Van Metropolitan Municipality had the Turkish-Kurdish signboards in the rural neighborhoods replaced with the Turkish versions.

On 19 August 2019, trustees were appointed to metropolitan municipalities in the Kurdish cities of Amed (Diyarbakır), Van and Mardin and the elected mayors of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) were deposed. This seizure of power by the AKP at the municipal level marked the beginning of the appointment of 48 trustees to HDP-ruled municipalities. Seventeen of the deposed mayors are in prison, many of whom have already been sentenced to long prison terms.

The trustee appointed by the government to Van Metropolitan Municipality continues to target the works previously conducted by the HDP-run municipality.

The governor had all the bilingual (Kurdish and Turkish) signboards removed in several neighborhoods of the Çaldıran district. The bilingual signboards have been replaced by Turkish ones.