English translations of twitter messages from our presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtaş on his daily election campaign from the prison where he is being held:
Today, a plane flew over us. I waved. The passengers gathered in the plane windows, and waved back at me: “Look, it’s Demirtaş!” I shouted back at them: “If I get elected, we won’t charge any tax on the fuel used by farmers!”
Dear Supreme Electoral Council, I wonder if this propaganda I am carrying out by using the facilities of a state prison violates election laws? After all, you are so sensitive about justice (!)
A new prison is being built next to us. I called over to the construction workers: “If I’m elected, we will abolish insecure, illegal labor and subcontracting. There will be no work-related murders, working hours will be reduced. The minimum wage will be 3,000 TL. We won’t let anyone usurp workers’ rights”
I continued: “We won’t build prisons in Edirne, but more schools and hospitals.” I don’t know if they heard me, but the construction site fell silent for a while. And for a minute, the world became a better place.
Dear diary, I will shortly attend a rally to complete my election work for today. The only participant of my rally is Mr. Abdullah [Zeydan, HDP MP, and Demirtaş’s cell-mate], I’m worried he’ll short-circuit from overload :)
26 May 2018