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Kurds in Turkey unite to take aim at Ankara in elections

Saying they have taken enough abuse, Kurds in Turkey have formed an alliance to strengthen their standing in upcoming elections.
A young boy masked with a green flag gestures during a "World Peace Day" rally gathering supporters of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in Diyarbakir, on September 1, 2018. (Photo by STR / AFP)        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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Last year, two of Turkey's major political parties — the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the opposition's Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) — put aside their differences and formed an alliance to ensure their parties' victory. They then continued their oppressive and threatening policies, basically taunting the much smaller Kurdish parties to form their own alliance if they wanted change, knowing how splintered the Kurds have been historically.

Now, many Kurdish movements have accomplished what seemed impossible: They have united to form the Kurdistani Election Alliance to run in the local elections in March under the umbrella of the existing pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).

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