24th April: Turkey after the Referendum: Where now in the fight for democracy?

Meeting with Erkin Erdogan, co-chair HDP/HDK Berlin-Bradenburg

7pm in DIE LINKE Neukölln offices (Wipperstraße 6, S-,U-Bahn Neukölln)

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On 16 April, Turkish people will vote on plans to change the constitution. If passed, the new law will limit democracy and entrench president Erdogan‘s power. Since the failed coup in 2016 Erdogan has increased repression, jailing many activists from the HDP/HDK and elsewhere. Around 130,000 civil servants have lost their jobs, and 45,000 people have been arrested.

Erdogan has already introduced a special petrol tax and is threatening to increase Value Added Tax. As the economy goes into freefall, Turkey is taking EU money to prevent Syrian refugees entering Europe. The Turkish finance minister is having special talks with his German counterpart Wolfgang Schäuble – the architect of the neoliberal assault on Greece.

How powerful is Erdogan and how can we explain his electoral success? Is he a fascist or an Islamist as many of his critics claim, or does he represent something else? Whatever happened to the mass popular movement which emerged in 2013 around Gezi Park?

On Monday, 24 April, one week after the referendum, we will be speaking with Erkin Erdogan, co-speaker of the HDP/HDK Berlin-Brandenburg about what the results mean for the movements for democracy in Turkey and elsewhere.