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Faces of Turkey

Selahattin Demirtaş, the Dimming Star of Turkish Politics

From the co-leader embodying the free, pluralist future of Turkey, Selahattin Demirtaş became the co-leader of a party forced again to focus more on the Kurdish issue, defending the rights of the people in the southeast, who are enduring increasing suppression by the state security forces, with one curfew after another and one anti-terrorism operation after another, in the Kurdish cities where the youth is entrenched in defence against the state. But whatever happens, Demirtaş sticks to his message...