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Silenced Turkish singers decry continued music ban

Turkish government persistence on not removing the live music ban draws outcry from the entertainment and music industry.
Amateur musicians play in the Istanbul metro during the performance ban due to COVID-19 in Istanbul on June 9, 2021.

Almost all COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in Turkey, with one striking exception: the live music ban after midnight, fueling outcry from workers in the music and entertainment industry.

Popular singers — including, for example, Demet Akalin, who has some 6.7 million followers on Twitter — are keeping the ban under the spotlight, directly pleading with Erdogan to lift the ban. Akalin and other musicians have expressed their complaints of financial losses during the pandemic. 

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