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The end of smear politics in Turkey

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You must not criminalize half of the nation for its preferences. You must not say they side with terrorists. You must not demonize them, see them as enemies, and accuse them of being traitors.

You must not say they are “not native or national.” You must not accuse them of siding with crusaders, or being a tool of foreign powers, German spies, servants to the English...

But the genie is out of the bottle. The Pandora’s Box is open. It is now difficult to put those who did not say “yes” in the April 16 referendum back in the box.

They cannot all be considered as being from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), as among them are also supporters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

You cannot assign one religious or sectarian identity to them, as you can find both Alevis and Sunnis among them. You cannot reduce the result to an ethic identity, to a question of Turks and Kurds.

You cannot explain to result through the prism of lifestyles. There are secularists as well as religious people in the “no” camp. There are conservatives and liberals. It was not ideology that brought them together.

The CHP led the “no” campaign, but you cannot identify all “no” votes with the CHP. We are not talking about votes given to the CHP, but rather votes cast against the constitutional change package.

The expiration of identity politics

The old style of politics has expired. There is a need for a new way of convincing.

All the cards of identity politics were played in the campaign. All the tools of polarization politics were used. All means of black propaganda were........

© Hürriyet Daily News