Turkey

Arrest warrants were issued for 82 people in Turkey on September 25, writes Kerry Smith. The arrests targeted members and leaders of the People's Democratic Party (HDP) ‒ the third largest party in Turkey.

Two Kurdish farmers remain in hospital after suffering horrific injuries when they were tortured and thrown from a helicopter in Turkey’s south-eastern province of Van, writes Steve Sweeney.

Five western companies, based in Germany, England and North America, are involved in the manufacture of missiles fired from Turkish drones against Kurdish civilians, reports ANF English.

Peoples’ Democratic Party MP Leyla Güven is seen by many as an embodiment of Kurdish women and a symbol of resistance in Turkey and across the world, writes Susan Price.

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.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) suffered a historic defeat in Turkey’s local elections that even they could not spin as a victory.

Following the AKP’s loss of the three biggest economic centres of Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara, Erdoğan’s balcony speech sounded defeated and defensive.

How did this happen? What role was, and will be played by the country’s main leftist coalition party, the People’s Democratic Party (HDP)?

The March 31 Turkish local election results showed democracy is alive, but if the opposition wants to win there needs to be unity of the Kurdish and Turkish left, writes Arash Azizi.

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