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Turkey's opposition protests, plans as date set for Istanbul re-vote

The announcement that the Istanbul mayoral election was going to be held again was greeted with the discordant sounds of clanging pots and pans, and supporters of opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu now face the difficult task of finding the recipe that can bring him victory again June 23.
Supporters of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) wave Turkish flags during a gathering to protest after the High Election Board (YSK) decided to re-run the mayoral election, in Istanbul, Turkey, May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Murad Sezer     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC1DE2BFC030

ANKARA, Turkey — The night the Supreme Electoral Council announced it had voided the election for Istanbul’s mayor, a legion of residents in the city banged pots and pans.

It was a throwback to the Gezi Park protests of 2013, when thousands of housewives who could not take to the streets took to their windows to vent their feelings about then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A video taken from a high building Monday night recorded a cacophony of cookware from Istanbul’s streets.

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