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Turmoil in Turkey as election called

by Chris Stephenson
Issue No. 2468

A general election has been called in Turkey for 1 November. This follows close on an earlier poll in June. 

Since then president Recep Tayy?p Erdogan has broken the ceasefire with the Kurds and created chaos on the streets. 

Over 100 people have died in the last month—not including those bombed by the Turkish airforce in northern Iraq.

Erdogan hopes these actions will win him back his parliamentary majority. 

The radical Kurdish HDP party made a breakthrough in the June election. 

Erdogan wants a wave of patriotism to push it below the 10 percent threshold for seats in parliament.

So far this manoeuvre isn’t working. Patriotic slogans are the exception at funerals of soldiers and police. A more common slogan is, “Send your own sons”. The president’s sons avoided military service. 

The first week of September will see big mobilisations by the peace movement.

The overwhelming majority of the population, including people who voted for Erdogan’s AK Party, do not want this war.



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Tue 25 Aug 2015, 17:09 BST
Issue No. 2468
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