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10/08/2016 - 18:36 0
Crackdown on Kurdish Politics: More Than 60 Detained Across Four Cities

More than 60 people including children and Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) and Democratic Regions Party (DBP) executives have been detained in the ongoing crackdown on Kurdish politics in Adana, Van, Urfa and Hakkari.


Police forces raided a number of houses in the Dağlıoğlu, Gülbahçe and Barbaros neighbourhoods in the Seyhan district of Adana early this morning. 40 people including children were detained in the operation on the grounds of “joining illegal demonstrations”. The detainees have been taken to Adana Police Directorate.


Police forces continued the raid operations in Adnan Menderes and Karşıyaka neighbourhoods in Çatak district of Van this morning. HDP district administrator Mehmet Şirin and a civilian named Barış Keve were detained and taken to district police directorates. Both of the detainees will reportedly be referred to the anti-terror department of Van police directorate.

Seven people detained in Çatak yesterday are still being held at the anti-terror department of Van police directorate.


In the Ceylanpınar district of Urfa, HDP district co-chair Gülbahar Fidan was detained by police after her house was raided.

During the same hours, gendarme units also raided several houses in Lebena neighborhood and detained four people including DBP district administrator Ali Gültekin. The detainees have been taken to the District Gendarmerie Command.

Former DBP district administrator Şeyhmus Çeri and three other people who were detained in the district on July 31 are still held at the district police headquarters.


Police forces also conducted house raids in Hakkari city center in the early hours of the morning and detained three people who were later taken to the police directorate.

Hundreds detained and imprisoned

Hundreds of Kurdish activists and political representatives have been detained with many being imprisoned in the past year. DBP co-chair Kamuran Yüksek was also imprisoned recently on charges of being the member of a terrorist organisation.