Diyarbakır’s Sur Municipality which was earlier seized by the government has sent a text message to all its personnel to vote “Yes” in the upcoming presidential referendum that is set to boost President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s powers.
Turkey has stepped up its crackdown on Kurdish politicians in recent months. Trustees have been appointed to dozens of municipalities in the country’s predominantly Kurdish Southeast, while hundreds of local Kurdish politicians have been arrested on terror charges. While 12 pro-Kurdish HDP deputies are being kept in jail, the administration of the Sur municipality was also seized on Sept. 11, 2016.
“Our land, our country has been going through a tough period, it is almost tantamount to an Independence War. Yes, I am in for a powerful Turkey,” the text message by the municipality’s human resources department.
The message is reported to have been sent to dismissed workers as well.