Citizens mobilize against the risk of electoral fraud
A few days before the May 14 poll, civil society wants to prevent a manipulation of the vote, scalded by the authoritarian turn of President Erdogan.
Published: 09.05.2023, 7:00 p.m.
A compact crowd swept through the grounds of the Nazim Hikmet cultural center, in the heart of the Sisli district, in Istanbul. At the entrance to the theater, the clock announces 7 p.m. The latecomers pile up on the last free steps, the less fortunate stick their noses to the door, like groupies at a rock concert. In great silence, a young woman goes on stage, camel-colored jacket over black pants. She grabs a microphone, greets the public, then launches a slide show stamped with the logo of the association Oy ve Ötesi (“the vote and beyond”).