A total of 25 people, including Ramazan Ölçen, owner of the pro-Kurdish daily Azadiya Welat, have been detained by Turkish police in simultaneous raids in Diyarbakır, Evrensel daily reported on Saturday.

Azadiya Welt was shut down with a decree issued by the Turkish government following a coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

According to Evrensel, 24 of the detainees were the distributors of the paper and identified as follows: Yasemin Sayın, Hayat Yılmaz, Ahmet Kızılay, Arap Turan, Berxwedan Tulpar, Sürreya Dal, Zeynep İzgi, İbrahim Bayram, Engin Özelçi, Ahmet Boltan, Ceylan İpek, Mehmet Emin Kaya, Ziyan Karahan, Veysi Altın, Ercan Yeltaş, Azime Tarhan, Serdal Polat, Cengiz Aslan, Ferit Toprak, Mehmet Hüseyin Şahin, Mehmet Aydın, Pusat Bulut, Mehmet Emin Akgün.

No reason has so far been cited for the detentions, according to local news websites.

The crackdown on the Kurdish media and political movement gained momentum after a failed coup on July 15, 2016 in Turkey.


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