Turkey's Elections: an eyewitness account

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Journalist Steve Sweeney was the only UK journalist to cover the elections in Turkey from Turkish Kurdistan and acted as an election observer for the HDP, the third biggest party in Turkey which maintained its parliamentary seats despite huge repression including the killing of some of its supporters during the campaign period.

Despite the huge strategic relationship between Turkey and the UK, Turkey being a key member of NATO and ally of the EU in its migration policy, there has been very little accurate coverage of the Turkish elections. This demonstrates the extent of President Erdoğan's repression of the media, imprisoning journalists in Turkey and shutting down critical news agencies, to the extent that Reporters without Borders describe it as the world's biggest prison for journalists and places it 157 out of 180 countries for press freedom.

Come to Halkevi on Wednesday 4th July to hear Steve's eyewitness account of the elections and the situation now for the left in Turkey and the Kurdish movement, following an inspiring and optimistic election campaign which was greeted with huge repression and has received shockingly little international support and solidarity. There will be a discussion about the likely next steps of the AKP-MHP government in Turkey and it will also be an opportunity to discuss how we can foster greater solidarity and support for the HDP amongst the labour movement in Britain.

Halkevi is a Kurdish community-run centre in Dalston, a 2 minute walk from Dalston Junction Overground station and right next to the bus routes 30, 38, 56, 242 and 277 which connect to central London and all the major train stations.

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