Selahattin Demirtas, leader of Turkey's second-biggest opposition group the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP),was jailed in a wave of anti-Kurdish hysteria, astutely managed by the country's president. The other opposition parties found it a convenient excuse to exclude the HDP from attempts to unify. But these manouvres are not only divisive -they leave them exposed to charges of collaborating in electoral suppression which could backfire. The belated spate of calls for Demirtas to be released reflect the perilous state not just of the President but of his 'official' opposition.

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