Apr 18 2018

Turkish presidential candidate on fourth day of long march

Turkish presidential candidate Tuna Bekleviç is on the fourth day of his 1,000-km march between Ankara and Diyarbakır, according to his official Twitter feed.

Bekleviç, a candidate for the presidency on behalf of his own small No Party, aims to remind Turks and Kurds that they are brothers through the march, which takes place at a time when the Turkish government and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) rebels are engaged in active combat.

So far he has covered nearly 100 km on the march, which he intends to take 34 days in total.

He posted pictures of himself walking alone down the road on Twitter.

“We must inspire freedom, peace and brotherhood by saying stop to hate and violence,” he told reporters before the march.

“This march is a scream by the silent majority.”

Turkey has been fighting a three-decade-old insurgency by the PKK, which is struggling for autonomy in the southeast. More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict.