HDP rally attracts impressive crowd

A Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) rally in the Kurdish-majority city of Diyarbakır on Wednesday attracted a large audience despite the party’s presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtaş being in prison.

Attendees turned on the torch functions on their mobile phones at one point in order to show how many of them there were in advance of Sunday’s presidential and parliamentary elections.

Among the speakers at the rally was investigative journalist Ahmet Şık, who is standing as a parliamentary candidate for the party in Istanbul.

“We will again foil this war plot that was set up 3 years ago,” he said, in reference to a renewal of conflict in Turkey’s southeast after the majority-Kurdish HDP successfully entered parliament.

“We will come out of this tunnel of lies. We will not only win the election, we will win the truth. On June 24 when we have all together foiled this trick of polarisation, our songs of peace which spread from Gezi Park will ring out even stronger all over Turkey,” Şık added, in reference to the anti-government Gezi Park protests of 2013.