The Grand Mobilization: #HerŞeyÇokGüzelOlacak

One of many İmamoğlu memes…

First was anger and disappointment. There was the talk of boycotts. At that time, I thought how difficult it must be for the opposition leadership. Then Ekrem İmamoğlu made yet another good speech and de facto started the new campaign. The campaign hashtag is #HerŞeyÇokGüzelOlacak [Everything will be all right] and since then there seems to be a massive mobilization online and offline. A significant development is that many well-known artists ( musicians, actors and actresses etc) joined the campaign. It is a threshold. Many people are afraid to announce their political allegiances due to financial pressures. Metin Cihan collected some of these artists’ tweets:

Some international figures are also joining Twitter mobilization. Well, honestly I did not know [sincerely!] who Stoya was until she had tweeted before for another Turkish cause.

Many CHP municipalities asked citizens not to come to vacation during the day of the election and urged them to vote. It is a long-held belief that secular citizens prefer to go on vacation instead of voting. I believe this has changed recently in the increasingly polarized political scene. In the meantime, not Turkish Airlines (of course!) but other air travel companies are offering free cancellations or rebookings.

Here are some funny municipality social media posts. Thanks to Menekşe Tokyay I could find most of them together.

And today, İmamoğlu team started a funding campaign:

Reuters – Ceyda Caglayan and Ezgi Erkoyun – May 8, 11:10 AM

ISTANBULISTANBUL (Reuters) – Istanbul residents are cancelling holiday bookings for the weekend of June 23 to ensure they can take part in a re-run of the city’s mayoral election that has laid bare Turkey’s deep political divisions and raised


We Will Win Again,’ Opposition Vows in Istanbul Election Do-Over

The decision by Turkish authorities to wipe away a stinging defeat for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and rerun the election for mayor of Istanbul left …

Turkish Authorities Order New Mayoral Election In Istanbul

In a defeat for Turkey’s opposition, election officials have voided the results of the race for mayor of Istanbuland ordered a new election. The ruling

Protests in Istanbul over election re-run

Protests have taken place in Istanbul over the decision to re-run the city’s mayoral elections on 23 June. Turkey’s ruling AKP party narrowly lost the

Erdogan defends Istanbul vote redo, critics see power grab

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted Tuesday that rerunning the Istanbul mayoral vote won by the opposition …

Erdoğan’s Istanbul election gamble

Annulling mayoral election threatens to undermine his legitimacy as Turkey’s leader. 5/7/19, 4:55 PM CEST. Pamela Anderson visits ‘innocent’ Julian

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: