Mehmet Bayındır, the elected head of Sanayi neighborhood in Diyarbakır’s Bismil district for 10 years, was dismissed for using the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (HDP) Co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş as his profile picture on Facebook.
Bayındır was also reported to have shared on his social media a picture of his colleague Abdullah Beğik with Abdullah Öcalan, the jailed leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Bayındır said most of his sharing had been made during the period when the government was in a peace process with the Kurdish population.
Bayındır along with two other neighborhood heads in Bismil were replaced by the government-appointed trustees, Turkish media reported on Friday.
Turkey has stepped up its crackdown on Kurdish politicians in recent months. Trustees have been appointed to more than 45 municipalities in the country’s predominantly Kurdish Southeast while Turkish courts earlier this month arrested 11 HDP deputies including the party’s co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ.
Also, nearly 65 mayors as well as some 3,050 other officials from the pro-Kurdish Democratic Regions Party (DBP) have been arrested in the recent past.