Garo Paylan, a star of the Turkish opposition and a candidate of the small Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), is campaigning hard to get his party into the Turkish parliament. Only then can the HDP prevent an absolute majority of the ruling AKP.
Parliamentarians clashed in the chamber after the deputy parliamentary speaker announced the result. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AKP party supported the bill's passage.
Turkish forces and Free Syrian Army fighters reportedly met little resistance upon entering Afrin. A local official has warned that Kurdish forces would start waging guerrilla warfare in the surrounding region.
With two former leaders in prison, the HDP has chosen the "path of resistance." As the second-largest opposition party, it must "build a new life" for Kurds, women and workers, said an ex-party leader.
Thousands of Kurds have staged peaceful protests in Hanover against Turkey's offensive in Afrin and Germany's foreign arms sales. The rallies came as violence over Afrin has spiked inside Germany in recent weeks.
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