I could hear it from blocks away. Bustling. Shouting. The familiar muffled-bullhorn-yap of a policeman on a megaphone. Riot? Protest?
With the election days away, tempers flared in the capital of Japan as hundreds of Turkish nationals gathered near their embassy in downtown Tokyo to cast early ballots. The crowd, mixed with both nationalist and pro-Kurdish supporters, caught the attention of Tokyo's Metropolitan Police as brawls began to break out in the streets. The mild chaos that ensued highlighted the ongoing tensions between the People's Democratic Party (pro-Kurd) and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) headed by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogran. Turkish elections will be held November 1st.