Turkey is experiencing a popular authoritarian moment. Defeating it requires relentless bottom-up work in an increasingly hostile environment toward criticism.
Protest sit-in is support of PKK leader Ocalan in Istanbul, December 5, 2015. Demotix/ Ozcab Soysal. All rights reserved.On Sunday, November 1, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) regained its majority in the parliament, winning the 49 percent of the votes. The party secured 317 seats in a 550-member parliament to continue its single-party government for another term, after losing it in the June 7 elections.
When the city of Farqîn or Silvan declared autonomy, the Turkish state responded with violence and curfews: a firsthand account of residents’ experiences.
“Autonomy means that we will live in our own way, with our own rules, our own culture and our own identity. I support this from my heart.” – Narin, resident of Farqîn