Erdogan the Conqueror

He's trying to keep Kurds out of parliament. Turkey should hope he fails.

A nation divided.

Photographer: Kerem Uzel/Bloomberg

Two recent anniversaries define the choice Turkey will make in elections on Sunday. The first, marked by a huge rally last weekend led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, recalls the capture of Constantinople by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453. The other was the second anniversary of protests in Istanbul's Gezi Park, which Erdogan crushed. Turkish police blocked its commemoration.

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