As Turkey entered into its municipal elections, the current Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan, and his ruling party, the AKP, faced strong civil opposition for electoral corruption. On the day of the election, the key cities of Istanbul, and Ankara, which had less than a 1% vote gap, suddenly faced electrical problems, making it so votes could not be counted. Government officials have cited that this electrical problem was due to a stray cat somehow breaking a transformer. The half-hearted reason for a cat disrupting a critical national election is already doubtable, but the AKP followed up by claiming an electoral victory, and cutting off citizen's ability to track the vote counting online, claiming it necessary for national security.
Prime Minister Erdogan, and Ankara's AKP ruling mayor for 20 years, Melih Gökçek, states that there will be no patience for protesters to dispute the elections, and dispatched Ankara's riotn police to disband the demonstrators by using water cannons, and tear gas.
Turkish Electoral Demonstrations
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