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Turkey: Tight security measures as thousands attend 'NO' vote referendum rally01:14

Turkey: Tight security measures as thousands attend 'NO' vote referendum rally

Turkey, Istanbul
April 8, 2017 at 18:00 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands attended a 'No' vote rally on the upcoming Turkish constitutional referendum, organised by the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in Istanbul on Saturday,.

Security measure were heightened at the entrances of the open venue in Istanbul's Kadikoy, with rally attendees having to undergo several layers of security check ups before they could enter.

The new draft constitution, approved by the Turkish parliament last January, would introduce a package of constitutional amendments that would pave the way for a presidential system of government and, as critics argue, would significantly increase the power of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Polling for the referendum in the Turkish diaspora will last until April 9. The electorate in Turkey will vote on the bill on April 16.

Turkey: Tight security measures as thousands attend 'NO' vote referendum rally01:14
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Thousands attended a 'No' vote rally on the upcoming Turkish constitutional referendum, organised by the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in Istanbul on Saturday,.

Security measure were heightened at the entrances of the open venue in Istanbul's Kadikoy, with rally attendees having to undergo several layers of security check ups before they could enter.

The new draft constitution, approved by the Turkish parliament last January, would introduce a package of constitutional amendments that would pave the way for a presidential system of government and, as critics argue, would significantly increase the power of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Polling for the referendum in the Turkish diaspora will last until April 9. The electorate in Turkey will vote on the bill on April 16.

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