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View from Turkey: A repression born of fear

Erdoğan has won his vote—he could still lose the people

By Laura Pitel   June 2017

Academics law down their gowns during a protest outside a university in Ankara @Adam Altan/AFP/Getty Images

There is a photograph from the night of 16th April that casts Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s president, in an unusual light. Peering from behind a curtain, he looks out at the lectern where he must address the nation after his shaky win in that day’s historic referendum. He looks lonely and scared.

The Turkish leader has plenty to worry about. The referendum result gave the green light for a radical set of changes…

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