Kurds eager to vote

Voters in Turkey’s largely Kurdish southeastern city of Diyarbakir turned out in droves on Sunday, queuing up in the shadow of armoured police vehicles to cast their ballots against what many said was state intimidation, reports Reuters.

Long lines snaked out of the crumbling schools that served as polling stations in Diyarbakir, where neighbourhoods have been scorched by fighting between security forces and militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The security presence was heavy across the city. Special forces, some of whom wore masks and carried large rifles, patrolled outside polling stations.