HDP Co-chair Warns Members

saPeoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has warned his party’s members not to abandon ballot boxes until official results are announced.

“You will never leave the polls on the evening of June 7 from the time the ballot boxes start to be opened until the official results are announced,” said Demirtaş June 4 during a party rally in the eastern province of Erzurum.

“You will not take to the streets for celebrations. Our party will not have an official celebration on the evening of June 7. If you leave the ballot boxes for the sake of celebrations then you will give credit to the thieves” Demirtaş said, in references to possible voting fraud. “We will hold a celebration if we get a good victory on June 8.”

Meanwhile, clashes erupted in Erzurum just hours before Demirtaş’s rally. A group of around 1,000 people carrying Turkish flags on their backs started marching at 10 a.m. near the area where the HDP rally was going to be held while also chanting slogans of “This is Erzurum, there is no way out.”