- Dec 14, 2011
Oddly enough this result has some personal resonance for me. I actually happened to be in Istanbul on holiday in 1994 when Erdogan won his first local election there. I remember walking through the university and watching lorryloads of his mirthless supporters (they were called the Refah Party then) waving banners and green flags there on the Monday as the results were declared - all the lorries segregated of course and women wrapped from head to toe. It was a portent of things to come, despite all the denial from both the Islamists themelves and many naive liberals that this really was a fundamentalist reaction.Right slap in the gob for Erdogan. His attempt to annul the election backfired spectacularly. Imamoglu's lead has leaped from the 13 000 of the first election to over 700 000 now.
Canan Kaftancioglu is standing trial over a number of tweets, reportedly dating back up to six years ago.
She is accused of "insulting" President Erdogan and the Turkish state in the posts, as well as allegedly "spreading terror propaganda".
Reports say the alleged comments relate to 2013 anti-government protests and the outlawed Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK).
Remember the suspicious murder of the Russian ambassador in Turkey a few years ago? Remember the suspicious coup attempt, which many believe was an inside job to justify a crackdown on the Turkish opposition?Today the Turkish deputy consul-general and also two consul staff were shot dead at point blank range inside a restaurant in Erbil, the capital of Kurdish autonomous region in Iraq.
In recent weeks, Turkey has been carrying out cross-border operations against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq.
The PKK has been fighting against the Turkish state in predominantly Kurdish southeastern Turkey since the 1980s and more than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict.
This is not a good action. We all will suffer the same at the end of the day but wrongdoers will suffer more. If we are going to assassinate people having lunch in restaurants you cant take even a single step in streets. Dont play with us.Today the Turkish deputy consul-general and also two consul staff were shot dead at point blank range inside a restaurant in Erbil, the capital of Kurdish autonomous region in Iraq.