In the run-up to the 14 May elections in Turkey, the pro-Kurdish opposition has accelerated its election campaign efforts, targeting voters that live abroad.
The pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) has fielded candidates with the Green Left Party to avoid the risks of being shut down ahead of 14 May polls.
The Green Left Party’s official account on Twitter shares videos using the hashtag #MyVote4YesilSol to reach Turkish nationals who are residing abroad and eligible to vote.
The voting period for those living outside Turkey will start on 27 April and ends on 9 May. During that period voters will be able to cast their votes in polling centres opened in foreign countries and at border gates.
Green Left Party co-spokeswoman Çiğdem Kılıçgün Uçar on Sunday said the 14 May elections were “not just about a change of power, but about the victory of the struggle of all peoples, beliefs, labourers, women and youth in Turkey”.
“Our vote is our voice. We will raise our voice together and shape our future together,” she said, calling on voters in Europe to support the Green Left Party.
“On 14 May we will close the gates of hell and pave the way for the start of a new process,” said İbrahim Akın, the party’s other co-spokesperson.
The HDP’s European organisation also launched a text message campaign that encourages all voters to register and vote for the Green Left Party.
Throughout April, the Green Left Party has organised numerous campaigns, events, and rallies across Europe, including in Brussels, Anver, Helsingborg, Zurich, Bren, Lausanne, Cologne, Bonn, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Nürnberg, Baden Württemberg, Karlsruhe, Kiel, Wuppertal, Krefeld, Bayern, London, Paris, and Vienna.