Ziya Pir, the 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.
While details regarding the incident have yet to be announced, his detention came as the latest of Turkey’s ever-growing crackdown against Kurdish politicians.
Turkey has stepped up its crackdown on Kurdish politicians in recent months. Trustees have been appointed to 46 municipalities in the country’s predominantly Kurdish Southeast while Turkish courts earlier this month arrested 12 HDP deputies including the party’s co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ.
Also, 64 mayors as well as 3,051 other officials from the pro-Kurdish Democratic Regions Party (DBP) have been arrested in the recent past.