Police intervene in protest against election results

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Police in Ankara fire water cannon to disperse crowd protesting the local election results outside the Supreme Electoral Council

Police in Ankara fire water cannon to disperse crowd protesting the local election results outside the Supreme Electoral Council

ANKARA - Police fired water cannon into a crowd in the Turkish capital, Ankara, Tuesday to push back people protesting against Sunday's local election results outside the Supreme Electoral Council.

The group, chanting slogans, gathered in front of the council building to protest the results which have the AK Party leading the polls.

The riot police then intervened to disperse the protesters using water cannons and stun grenades after having warned them.

The local election results are being contested in some provinces, especially in Ankara where it appears the AK Party won.

However, the main opposition Republican People’s Party's (CHP) mayoral candidate for Ankara, Mansur Yavas, announced they will ask for a recount as both he and Melih Gokcek, the current mayor and AK Party candidate, declared victory.

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