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.
Who Is Andrew Faulk?
With over a decade of experience in living and working in Asia, Tokyo photographer Andrew Faulk specializes in portrait, editorial, event, and commercial photography assignments. He works with individuals, families, publications, and corporations to create timeless images under any deadline. His work is frequently featured in a variety of international travel and lifestyle publications. He is a husband, father, and lover of fried food. Get in touch with Andy today to discuss your photography needs in Tokyo, throughout Japan, or beyond.