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Soccer followers in Istanbul flooded the pitch on Feb. 26 with plush toys for kids who survived the 2 devastating earthquakes that hit earlier this month. 4 minutes and 17 seconds in, the match was paused for the donations in remembrance of the primary earthquake, which struck at 4:17 a.m.

Movies of the “This Toy is For You” occasion—which befell throughout a match between groups Beşiktaş and Antalyaspor on the former’s Vodafone Park—confirmed followers showering the sector with teddy bears, plush canine, and at the least one monkey hooked up to a letter that appeared to be hand-written by a baby.

Over 44,000 individuals have been confirmed useless following two earthquakes on Feb. 6, which reached 7.7 and seven.6 on the Richter scale within the southeastern metropolis of Kahramanmaraş, in keeping with the Turkish inside ministry’s catastrophe and emergency administration authority. Over 5,000 individuals additionally died in Syria, in keeping with Reuters.

Throughout the match, there was additionally a reminder that many Turks are crucial of the federal government’s response to the catastrophe, with some followers chanting “authorities resign,” CNN reported. Earthquake survivors informed TIME that the federal government dispatched an insufficient variety of emergency groups, which delayed rescues from the rubble. In the meantime, the federal government labored to curb dissent within the aftermath of the catastrophe, blocking Twitter for 12 hours and arresting individuals who had criticized the federal government.

The Turkish Justice Ministry has introduced the investigation of 134 individuals who have been allegedly accountable for the collapse of buildings within the earthquakes, together with contractors, though others have argued that there’s shared accountability throughout the federal government for fostering a corrupt system.

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