Newly emerged video footages shows the moment Turkish police used tear gas, plastic bullets to disperse scores of Kurds attending to a protests İn İstanbul’s Kadıköy district against the removal of the pro-Kurdish mayors of Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van over alleged terrorist links.

According to Turkish media, at least 12 people have been detained during the protests. The footage shows some of the protesters were handcuffed behind back on the ground.

In a controversial move on Monday, the Interior Ministry removed the mayors of Mardin, Van and Diyarbakır in southeastern Turkey, claiming they had links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The mayors were elected from the ranks of the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in the March 31 local elections.