New Arrests Target pro-Kurdish Factions in Turkey

Turkish security forces on Friday detained 24 members of two pro-Kurdish parties in separate raids for allegedly supporting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), according to an official statement from the governor’s office in Mus province, northeast of Diyarbakır.

In Mus, 20 members of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) were detained along with 4 members of the Democratic People’s Party (HDP) in Cevlik, Mercin province.

The statement said the arrests were made on the order of the Turkish General Attorney. At least 13 of the defendants were released on bail while another 9 were jailed pending court procedures, according to the governor’s office.

The arrests were made as part of the ongoing government investigations into alleged links between Kurdish factions and the PKK.

According to a statement released by HDP at the start of this year, 8,711 members and supporters of their party have been detained and 2,705 have been arrested since July 2015, when the peace process between Ankara and the PKK fell apart and the conflict renewed. Dozens of mayors and city officials are among the detainees.