Communal Violence and Ethnic Polarisation before and after the 2015 Elections in Turkey: Attacks against the HDP and the Kurdish Population

Francis O'Connor, Bahar Baser

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    Abstract

    Given its duration and intensity, the decades-old civil war in Turkey between the Turkish state and the PKK has resulted in relatively low levels of lethal inter-communal conflict between Kurdish and Turkish populations. However, around the June 2015 elections an unprecedented wave of systematic anti-Kurdish violence swept across western Turkey. The paper will assess these events in relation to literature on communal riots and electoral violence. It will consider the impact of state led anti-Kurdish discourse and the growth of the HDP, as potential factors that aggravated the dormant tensions and laid the groundwork for wide-spread inter-communal violence.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)53-72
    Number of pages20
    JournalSoutheast European and Black Sea Studies
    Volume18
    Issue number1
    Early online date28 Mar 2018
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Bibliographical note

    This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Southeast European and Black Sea Studies on 28th Mar 2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14683857.2018.1451035

    Keywords

    • HDP
    • communal violence
    • Turkey
    • Kurdish Question
    • electoral violence

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