Tens of Kurds living in Canada has marched in protest against the Turkish government’s recent removal of the mayors of Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van over alleged terrorist links.

According to Mutlu Civiroglu, a Kurdish affairs analyst, Kurds marched late on Saturday through Toronto’s downtown streets.

It was also reported that the demonstration was jointly organized by the Greater Toronto Kurdish House (GTKH) and included other Kurdish groups in Canada like The Kurdish Association of Canada (KAC), the Toronto Kurdish Community and Information Centre (TKCIC), and the Kurdish Democratic Federation of Canada (KDFC).

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 terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The mayors were elected from the ranks of the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in the March 31 local elections.