T A M A M – Once again opponents take the upper hand in social media #TurkeyElections

Official Anatolian Agency photo. Something may be wrong with this. This photo would later be deleted. 


The Guardian – May 8, 9:20 AM

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has vowed to step down if his people decide they have had “enough”, prompting opponents to propel the word in Turkish, tamam, to the top of worldwide Twitter trends. Erdoğan

Pro-AKP media and Twitter accounts were quick to claim that “bots” were used in the hashtag campaign. What I observe is that counter-hashtag campaign used bots and they were quick to be prevented by Twitter…

….and there come the memes:

In other news:

İYİ (Good) Party leader Meral Akşener and Felicity Party (SP) leader Temel Karamollaoğlu have collected the required 100,000 signatures to be a presidential candidate and qualify to run in the presidential elections against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Muharrem İnce and Selahattin Demirtaş.
The leader of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has announced a manifesto ahead of the June 24 presidential and parliamentary snap elections, vowing to strengthen “social justice” in every sphere of life.
The presidential candidate for Turkey’s main opposition on May 5 called for the release of Selahattin Demirtaş, former co-chair of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), challenging President Tayyip Erdoğan to “let us race like men” in next month’s snap elections.
Imprisoned former leader of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtaş was announced as the party’s presidential candidate at simultaneous events in Istanbul and the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on May 4.

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Pro-Kurdish HDP’s Presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtaş, who is still in prison, released official campaign photos from the prison.



Former co-chair of Turkey’s Kurdish issue-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) challenged Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan from behind prison bars and said a fair vote in next month’s election was impossible under the state of emergency.

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