#istanbul in 1971. From the BBC Archives

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2018 at 16:39

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Live blog: Muharrem İnce’s #Maltepe /İstanbul rally #TurkeyElections

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2018 at 12:49


Streamed on Periscope here:


In other news:


President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Image taken from the Russian presidential press-service. Licensed for re-use.

Ahead of Turkey’s snap elections, Erdoğan faces 3 main challenges

Kemal Kirişci and Ömer Taşpınar discuss the factors that could determine the outcome of a crucial Sunday election in Turkey that stands to either temper Erdogan’s ambitions or further consolidate his authoritarian rule.

I am standing against Erdoğan – from prison cell | Selahattin Demirtaş

I was arrested 20 months ago. But in tomorrow’s presidential election I represent all Turks who believe in democracy

Inside stories: Turkey’s grim tradition of publishing behind bars

Former HDP leader Selahattin Demirtaş has published a short story collection, written while in jail awaiting trial – just the latest example of a writer clashing with Turkey’s government

At the Istanbul book fair last November, there was a signing for the politician Selahattin Demirtaş’s short story collection Seher (Dawn). Demirtaş, former leader of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), has been in pre-trial detention since November 2016, and 20 authors stepped in for him as an act of solidarity. It lasted more than six hours as hundreds queued to get their copies signed.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the front-runner going into elections Sunday, but an economic downturn, rising prices and agricultural problems make him vulnerable.
Here are the five opposition candidates running against Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the race for the Turkish presidency.
Just election in Turkey not possible, says imprisoned Kurdish candidate

From prison cell in Edirne, Selahattin Demirtaş urges citizens to vote against one-man rule by Erdoğan

Dressed in a suit and burgundy tie, Selahattin Demirtaş addressed his supporters through Turkey’s state-run TV. He urged citizens to vote against one-man rule by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling party, the AKP, whom he described as bullies.

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#TurkeyElections- Muharrem İnce’s massive rally in Istanbul on Saturday aims to re-own #Istanbul

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2018 at 14:34

Here are some of posters of the rally that is to take place tomorrow:


Erdogan in major Istanbul rally ahead of Turkey vote

Istanbul’s ‘migrant map reflects voting behavior’

The social geographic map of Istanbul shows the city is divided into two parts with distinct lifestyles and political convictions, said urban expert
Fadıl Şenyaşar, who has lost his father and two brothers in the armed attack in Suruç in Turkey’s southeastern province of Urfa, has been arrested in relation with the death of Mehmet Şah Yıldız, the brother of the AKP Urfa MP İbrahim Halil Yıldız.
‘People are smiling again’: opposition finds its voice before Turkish elections

Despite a climate of fear after crackdown, opposition rallies have drawn large crowds

There are two views of Istanbul from the office of Murat Sabuncu, the editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet, Turkey’s oldest independent newspaper and the last still publishing. The windows on one side look on to an old cemetery. Those on the other side face the courthouse.

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