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Bertil Videt


Turkey: Nationalism and War Mongering Won the Election

[Campaign poster, Erzurum. Photo by Bertil Videt.]

The mood was tense as the election results came in to the local office of the progressive People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in the town of Erzurum in eastern Turkey. This is a very conservative region on the invisible border between nationalist Turkish Anatolia and the Kurdish region. The HDP’s office was filled with leaflets and banners that party activists did not dare to distribute due to fear of reprisals and violence. The party lost its single deputy from the area and saw ...

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Bertil Videt


Bertil Videt is an international political scientist, journalist, and activist based in Amsterdam. He holds degrees from the University of Copenhagen and Middle East Technical University (Ankara). During the Turkish election he travelled to Erzurum with a delegation of Danish observers invited by the HDP.