May 08 2019

Coup attempt supporters now criticising Istanbul vote rerun - pro-gov't daily

The same Turks who cheered on tanks during the 2016 failed coup attempt are now out protesting of the decision by Turkey's electoral board to rerun polls in Istanbul, pro-government Sabah said on Wednesday.

These people are part of an "organised business", Sabah said.

"After the cancellation decision, people in Kadıköy, Şişli and Beşiktaş districts who cheered on tanks on July 15 [2016] went out and started banging pots and pans," the daily said.

The Supreme Election Council (YSK) on Monday scrapped the results of the vote Istanbul in response to an appeal by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), which lost the city of 16 million to an opposition candidate.

Thousands took part in the protests in several Istanbul districts, including Kadıköy, Beşiktaş, Sarıyer, Okmeydanı and Esenyurt, where the majority of the population voted for the main opposition.

The pro-government daily noted that the Turkish Industry and Business Association on Monday criticised the decision to annul and rerun mayoral election in Istanbul.

Meanwhile, many Turkish celebrities expressed support on social media for the opposition candidate in a rerun of polls.

https://www.sabah.com.tr/gundem/2019/05/08/organize-isler-3-1557299863