April 18, 2017
Thousands of people took to the streets of Istanbul to protest the results of the referendum that extended powers of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Meanwhile, Erdogan celebrated his anticipated victory, telling international observers not to interfere.
The crowd of angry demonstrators chanting “No, we won,” numbering some 1,000 people, marched through Istanbul’s neighborhood of Besiktas on Monday evening. As the activists proceeded through narrow alleys the locals cheered at them, with some hurling flowers in support.
Hayır Kazandık. Beşiktaş 17 nisan 2017 pic.twitter.com/lbEiSL2zjf
— özcan62yaman (@ozcan62yaman) April 17, 2017
A large banner reading “No has won” was spread by the activists, who claim the referendum was effectively rigged by the government, which introduced changes to the voting procedure as the referendum was about to commence.
— Steve Sweeney (@SweeneySteve) April 17, 2017
About 2,000 people waving red banners with “The “No” is not finished” written over them took to the streets in Kadikoy, in Istanbul’s Asian quarter, shouting “We are shoulder to shoulder against fascism.” The procession headed to the office of Turkey’s High Electoral Board, which found itself at the center of post-referendum outrage by the ‘NO’ camp.
VIDEO: "NO, we won" anti referendum fraud protest in Istanbul's Besiktas. pic.twitter.com/aSRkDdRMew
— Turkey Untold (@TurkeyUntold) April 17, 2017
The fraud allegations stem from a decision by the board on Sunday to count as valid some 1.5 million ballots with no official stamp thus inciting anger of the opposition and drawing criticism from the international observers.
— ahmet (@amedowski) April 17, 2017
— Mahir Ce (@mahirce61) April 17, 2017
This article was posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 5:32 am