The first municipal assembly is held in Istanbul | AFP

The newly elected opposition Ekrem Imamoglu presides over his first municipal assembly since his re-election on the 23rd June. In the new assembly his party faces a majority of the presidential party, AKP. IMAGES

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Imamoglu casts vote in Istanbul mayoral election re-run | AFP

The deposed mayor of Istanbul, Ekrem Imamoglu, casts his vote in the re-run election after the cancellation of the first results after appeals by Erdogan’s AKP party. IMAGES

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Several thousand CHP protesters rally after attack on leader

Several thousand CHP supporters gather in Istanbul one day after a mob attack on leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu. The attack came days after the opposition CHP won Ankara and Istanbul from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AKP, seen as a major setback for the ruling party after a decade-and-a-half in power.

Turkish ex-prime minister Yildirim casts vote in local election

Turkey’s ex-prime minister Binali Yildirim arrives at an Istanbul polling station to cast his vote in local elections. The local elections are a test for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with his ruling AKP party risking defeat in the capital as an economic slowdown takes hold. IMAGES

‘Islam means ‘peace’, it can’t come with ‘terror’: Erdogan slams Merkel for ‘Islamist terror’ phrase

Islam should never be conflated with crimes carried out by extremists, Turkey’s president has said taking issue with Angela Merkel’s use of the phrase “Islamist terrorism,” during a joint press conference with the German Chancellor in Ankara.
Merkel’s statement, although seemingly well intentioned, drew a sharp rebuke from President Recep Erdogan, the founder of the ruling Islamist AKP (Justice and Development) Party. READ MORE:


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The New Gezi Park Protesters: Istanbul’s Gentrification Wars

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This weekend’s presidential election in Turkey is as good as decided. The mass protests surrounding Gezi Park, the corruption scandals, the Soma mining accident — none of these incidents will stop the majority of Turks from electing Recep Tayyip Erdogan as president. Among other things, this means that ambitious development projects will likely multiply — and with them, the controversies Erdogan’s AKP party aggressive policies routinely provoke.
The Gezi uprising that rocked Turkey in June 2013 was sparked by a government project to transform the park in central Istanbul into a gigantic mall. And while a relentless police crackdown has led many of last year’s protesters to abandon hope, the problems at the heart of Erdogan’s vision for Turkey’s urban development have not gone away. Those directly affected by the aggressive development of their neighborhoods are often left with only one of two options: to despair, or to fight.
One group that has decided to take the fight to the government is the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front, or DKHP/C. This extreme-left party, labeled a terrorist organization by the EU, is entrenched in many of the disenfranchised neighborhoods that have become targets for ruthless urban development. To stave off the forced relocation of inhabitants, the DKHP/C militants are prepared to combat not only the police, but also violent drug gangs that terrorize their neighborhoods, which they believe are collaborating with the state.
VICE News travelled to Istanbul to meet the DKHP/C on its home turf, document its fierce clashes with the police on May Day, and understand what motivates these violent, self-proclaimed champions of the poor.

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Protests in Turkey: Dispatch 4

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The death of Berkin Elvan, a 15 year old boy who was put into a coma after being hit by a tear gas canister in last year’s anti-government rallies, prompted large-scale scale protests in Istanbul over the past two weeks. Violence between the Turkish police and protestors was worst in Elvan’s neighborhood of Okmeydan. It was there that we first encountered the Turkish government’s policy of media censorship. Turkey jails the most journalists of any country in the world, and they’ve expanded the scope of this censorship in the week leading up to their local elections. Both Twitter and YouTube were banned this week, along with Google DNS and OpenDNS. Prime Minister Erdogan has threatened to also shut down Facebook, and there are rumors that Istanbul’s internet will be blocked on election day. The bans come in response to a series of leaked audio recordings that implicate the Prime Minister in a corruption scandal serious enough to threaten his political party, the AKP, in Sunday’s elections.

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