These are all the questionable things happening in Turkish elections so far
Turkey's pivotal snap election will decide a lot for the country, but the polls are already facing problems. (AFP/File)
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Turkey's snap elections kicked off Sunday morning, and by the looks of it, things are already starting to get messy.
Reports on social media suggest a number of problems at the polls, from the arrests of international election monitors to detainments of candidates themselves. And it's important to keep in mind—this comes just after a wave of shut-downs of media organizations across the country charged with criticizing the government, so Twitter is looking like the safest option for election reporting from the ground.
Here's what we know so far.
1. International election observers have been detained in Istanbul.
Some 300 foreign observers are supposed to be taking part in this election, but a number of sources reported detainments in Istanbul through the morning. Other reports claim more problems are hitting the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, where a Kurdish-majority makes up a stronghold for the leading Kurdish party, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). There and elsewhere, reports of both international translator and election monitor detainments circulated Twitter.
Hurriyet Daily News also confirmed the detainment of one election monitor from the HDP in the southeastern province of Gaziantep for "interrupting election security," but further details have yet to emerge.
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2. Opposition and Erdogan supporters are clashing enough to get tear gassed.
Hurriyet Daily News reported clashes between supporters of Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) and those from the pro-Kurdish HDP in the eastern province of Kocaeli Saturday afternoon. Police shot tear gas at voters after a fight broke out, allegely over a family's run-in with an AKP poll monitor.
3. Opposition offices and politicians are running into trouble.
Hurriyet also reported the detainment of an opposition figure on election day—HDP provincial head Feyaz Şahin. The newspaper reports the Kurdish-party member refused to show his election observer card to the polling clerk, prompting an argument and subsequent arrest. Meanwhile, social media reports say HDP candidates themselves have been blocked from the polls and arrested.
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