Turkey protests for cancellation of referendum

Protestors gathered in western Kocaeli's Izmit district on Wednesday 19 April.

Demonstrations calling for the annulment of the referendum for constitutional change continue across Turkey’s cities.

Thousands of ‘No’ voters gathered in dozens of city and town centres on Wednesday evening to protest what they say is an “illegitimate” referendum overshadowed by voting irregularities and claims of fraud.

People gathered in 13 centres across Istanbul with banners reading “No: We won!” and “No: It’s not over,” in the early hours of the evening.

Protestors shouted slogans critical of the the Supreme Election Board (YSK), which ruled to accept unsealed ballots ahead of poll closing time, leading to accusations of voter fraud in favour of the ‘Yes’ camp.

There were also demonstrations in Ankara, Mersin, Adana, Izmir, Denizli, Mugla, Antalya, Bursa, Eskisehir, Gebze and Black Sea region Artvin.

Pro-government mainstream media has ignored the protests, however videos shared on social media platforms went viral on Wednesday night.

The YSK rejected appeals by opposition parties for the annulment of the referendum on Wednesday. Opposition CHP and HDP are expected to take the decision to the International Court of Human Rights.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government and President Erdogan have dismissed claims of irregularities put forward by observers from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).