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Turkey: the rise and fall of the Kurdish party that threatened Erdoğan

Dissenters are facing persecution, with 16,000 HDP members arrested or detained. But hardcore support keeps the struggle alive

It has been a lonely year for Adalet Fidan, the mayor of Silopi in Turkey’s Kurdish south-east – and not just because of the pandemic.

  • Bethan McKernan
  • The Guardian

In 2019, when she was elected, Fidan was among a solid cohort of 65 candidates from the progressive left, pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) to win seats in nationwide…

Now, after a sustained government purge of HDP officials, she is one of only five HDP mayors left in office, the rest sacked or…

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