According to Cumhuriyet’s report, 10 former presidents of one of Turkey’s foremost nationalist associations, Ülkü Ocakları, made a press conference to announce their “no” vote for the upcoming presidential referendum.
Former presidents of Ülkü Ocakları Atilla Kaya, Müsavat Dervişoğlu, Servet Avcı, Suat Başaran, Irfan Özcan, Ulvi Batu, Azmi Karamahmutoğlu, Hakan Ünser, Alişan Satılmış, and Hakan Öztürk convened over the press conference, with MHP Deputy Atilla Kaya acting as the group’s spokesperson.
During the press conference Atilla Kaya said,“The Turkish people should not forget the price paid for taking sovereignty from one person and bringing it to the people. Saying “no” during the constitutional referendum will be enough for Turkish people to protect their sovereignty and freedom for their children.”
Kaya went on to add, “To show that the Turkish nation is bigger than one person, Erdoğan, we will say ‘no’ in the presidential referendum as the 10 former presidents of Ülkü Ocakları and as part of our nationalist approach. We love the people of our nation, and we want them to say ’no’ in the presidential referendum. We know that if we do not say ‘no’ now, we might not be able to say ’no’ ever again. “
The Turkish population will go to the polls for the constitutional referendum mid-April to vote on a set of 18 proposed amendments, most notably of which will introduce an executive presidency, granting President Erdoğan greater powers.
Editor: Leyla Magdalena Amur