Turkey – Erdogan-2017/04/10-TR

Erdogan’s opposition face intimidation and harassment as they try to stop him in Turkish referendum

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures amid confetti during a rally in Istanbul

The streets of Kadiköy, one of Istanbul’s most liberal districts, echo with the laughter of young couples, the clink of beer glasses, and a one-word warning: dictatorship. “I don’t want to live in a dictatorship. I don’t want Sharia law. I don’t want to have to wear the head scarf. I don’t want my country to become like Iran or Iraq,” said Tuana Okay, an 18-year-old student with a purple streak dyed in her hair. Like many of her fellow Turks, Ms Okay is frightened about the referendum approaching on April 16, when President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is asking his citizens to approve sweeping constitutional changes that would vastly increase his own power.

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