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Presidential and parliamentary elections will be held in Turkey on June 24.


The HDP (Peoples Democratic Party) presidential candidate, Selahattin DemirtaƟ, 
is in prison.  Erdogan has threatened to have him executed:


https://anfenglish.com/news/demirtas-responds-to-erdogan-s-death-penalty-message-27365


HDP campaign workers are being intimidated and harassed.  See for example:


https://anfenglish.com/news/hdp-members-detained-election-vehicle-seized-in-Izmir-27372


https://anfenglish.com/news/14-hdp-members-detained-in-police-crackdown-in-Izmir-27354


Nevertheless the HDP is campaigning vigorously, with large rallies being held:


https://anfenglish.com/news/hdp-s-buldan-we-will-bring-the-akp-regime-down-27367


https://anfenglish.com/news/hdp-s-buldan-erdogan-is-about-to-expire-27342


<https://anfenglish.com/news/hdp-s-buldan-erdogan-is-about-to-expire-27342>https://anfenglish.com/news/hdp-s-temelli-we-ll-end-the-all-war-policy-of-the-akp-27276


The government is using voter suppression tactics, refusing to set up polling 
booths in Kurdish villages where most people are expected to vote for the HDP.  
Other dirty tricks are also likely.


Nevertheless the HDP is hopeful of exceeding the 10 percent threshold for 
representation in parliament.


Chris Slee

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