Turkish anti-vaccines will create a political party

Anti-vaccine and anti-restriction protesters in Istanbul in September 2021. Photo: EPA-EFE/SEDAT SUNA

Haci Ali Ozhan, a lawyer and notary public in Kirikkale, a province in Turkey’s central Anatolia region, said on Friday that documents had been filed with the Interior Ministry to create a new anti-vaccination political party called the Party. for life without taxes.

Ozhan told the Turkish daily Sozcu that the party opposes coercive interventions to curb the pandemic and measures that it believes violate the physical integrity of people.

“We oppose chemical liquid projects called vaccines that carry microchips and aim to enslave people,” he said.

He added that the party also opposes PCR tests, masks and other pandemic measures.

“We want a life without taxes,” he said.

He added that the party will have no political ambition apart from its main objective.

“Our party will work for one purpose, which is the [government’s] fight against the pandemic, and the party will disband once the mission is completed,” he said.

Turkey’s anti-vaccination movement grew during the pandemic period and held several large protests in Istanbul and other major Turkish cities called “the great awakening”.

He recently staged another protest outside the World Health Organization building in Istanbul.

So far, more than 117 million vaccines have been administered to people in Turkey. A total of 55.5 million people received one dose, while 49 million people received two.

Turkey has no shortage of vaccines and is on the verge of producing its own national vaccine, Turkovac.

However, vaccinations have not yet reached the level desired by the authorities and daily COVID-19 infections and deaths are still high.

“People vaccinated with one dose represent 67.5% of the total population while those vaccinated with two doses represent 59%. We have to increase [the latter] 70% for community immunity,” Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Turkey recorded nearly 30,000 new cases and 228 new deaths on Thursday. The total number of people currently infected stood at 199,000 on Thursday.

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