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Turkey –despite continuing oppression ‘there is hope’

This year’s Solidarity with the People of Turkey (SPOT) conference planned for 28 March in London was a victim of the pandemic lock-down, Since then attacks on democracy have been stepped up with continuing crackdowns on civil society, independent media and political opposition, especially members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). President Erdogan often accuses the HDP of having links to the PKK, but the party says it is being targeted because of its strong opposition to the president. Dozens of officials and elected HDP MPs were arrested during a crackdown after a failed 2016 coup bid and writing in the Morning Star on 24 June Steve Sweeney reported that 51 of the 65 municipalities won by the HDP at the  local elections in March 2019 had been taken over by government appointees and 22 of the party’s mayors imprisoned.

Meanwhile the economy continues to slip deeper into crisis worsened by the global Covid-19 pandemic. So the online conference on Sunday 21 June was of particular significance drawing together MPs, trade unionists and campaigners.

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Erdoğan loses rerun of Istanbul Mayor election

Voters in Istanbul have dealt a stunning blow to the prestige of President Erdoğan and a landmark victory for democracy in the landslide win for the opposition coalition candidate from the Republican People’s party (CHP), Ekrem İmamoğlu, who for the second time was elected Mayor of Istanbul over the former prime minister Binali Yıldırım, the candidate of the ruling Justice and Development party (AKP).

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