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Henna-adorned hands give voice to Turkish referendum opponents

A female politician with an ultranationalist background rocks the social and political scene on International Women’s Day using a simple flag designed on her palm with henna.
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A simple symbol has become a social media phenomenom in Turkey as women make their opinions known without words.

One of the most intriguing developments arising from an upcoming referendum has been the deep split within the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), many of whose members are known as Gray Wolves. Devlet Bahceli, longtime leader of the ultranationalist group, supports the government and the proposed constitutional amendments to extend presidential powers. But several senior party members, along with various local leaders of the movement, have voiced their clear stand against the amendments and distanced themselves from Bahceli.

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