Turkey

A new wave of bombings is just the latest episode in Turkey's war against the Kurdish people, writes Chris Slee.

In yet another attack on democracy by Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, more Kurdish parliamentarians and  Kurdish mayors were detained and removed from their elected positions, writes Peter Boyle.

Can music start a revolution? The Turkish government clearly thinks so, judging by its treatment of the radical socialist musicians who play as Grup Yorum, writes Sarah Glynn.

While Turkey is releasing prisoners to prevent a COVID-19 disaster in the jails, the 50,000 political prisoners currently being detained will not be considered, writes Peter Boyle.

Green Left's Alex Bainbridge travelled to Turkey in February, where he spoke with People's Democratic Party MP Hişyar Özsoy about repression in the country.

More than 20,000 people attended the fourth congress of the left-wing People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey on February 23, reports Alex Bainbridge from Ankara. 

A global day of action on September 14 drew attention to the Turkish government’s controversial Ilisu dam project on the Tigris River in Turkish Kurdistan. The dam is already being filled and if completed would flood the 12,000-year-old town of Hasankeyf, 199 villages and 136km of the Tigris River valley.

Human rights organisations, solidarity groups and the European Union have condemned the Turkish government’s removal of three democratically elected HDP (Peoples Democratic Party) mayors on August 19 and the arrests of more than 450 municipal officers and staff.

Republican People's Party (CHP) candidate Ekrem Imamoglu won the election for mayor of Istanbul on June 23. Imamoglu defeated the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate Binali Yildirim.

Peoples Democratic Party MP, Leyla Güven ended her 200-day hunger strike on May 26, after the Turkish government finally allowed imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan to meet with his lawyers.

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