Turkey’s Erdoğan Frees Criminals, Keeps Critics Behind Bars

As Turkish citizens struggle in the face of rising COVID-19 infections and on-and-off curfews imposed by their fickle government, Ankara has given a fearful public yet another source of anxiety. In a bid to prevent an outbreak in prisons, the Turkish parliament last week passed a law allowing the early release of up to 90,000 convicts. Those to be set free include an infamous mob boss and reportedly violent criminals.