Turkish riot police break up post-election protest in Ankara

Hundreds of demonstrators massed outside the elections authority in the Turkish capital, Ankara, in support of Republican People’s Party (CHP), which is disputing the results of the Ankara mayoral race and other areas.

Riot police used water cannon to break up the protesters, who chanted “Thief Tayyip!” and “Ankara, don’t sleep. Stand up for your vote!” A spokesman for Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) party claimed the opposition used social media to draw the crowds in.

“Everyone has a natural right to object but no-one can achieve anything by mobilizing the crowds through social media and provoking them,” said Huseyin Celik.