Five members of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democracy Party (HDP) have been detained in Mardin over alleged charges of terrorism, according to the Evrensel daily.

Among the detainees are former Artuklu HDP branch head Mehmet Nezir Akalp, HDP members Sevim Acay, Neval Bingöl, Abdulkerim Sayaki and Gülistan Konuş, a mother with a three monts of baby.

The detainees are accused of having links to the HDP and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Turkish police have arrested pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Diyarbakır deputy was detained as he failed to show up for his testimony as part of an earlier investigation, on Tuesday.

Turkey has stepped up its crackdown on Kurdish politicians in recent months. Trustees have been appointed to 55 municipalities in the country’s predominantly Kurdish Southeast while Turkish courts arrested 12 HDP deputies including the party’s co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ.

Moreover, more than 80 mayors and 4,000 other officials from the pro-Kurdish Democratic Regions Party (DBP) have been arrested in the past couple of months.

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