The Turkish government has dismissed a total of 32 elected Kurdish mayors in 2019, the Mezopotamya news agency reported on Wednesday.

The report also said that a total of 4,567 party members were detained throughout the year and that 797 of them were put in pre-trial detention.

The mayors face charges of membership in a terrorist organization.

Ankara accuses the the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) of links to militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

In August 2019, the Turkish government first removed the mayors of Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van, three metropolitan cities won by the HDP.

All the mayors, who were democratically elected in local elections on March 31, have been removed from office by Turkey’s Interior Ministry.

In October, a Turkish court arrested Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Adnan Selçuk Mızraklı on charges of “membership of a terrorist organization” and “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.”