Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-chair Sezai Temelli’s passport was seized at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport on Saturday.

Temelli arrived at the Ataturk Airport to take his Brussels-bound flight early in the morning. Airport police stopped Temelli at the airport to seize his passport saying that it was revoked.

The politician has found out the reason for the seizure only after hours. Temelli was told that his passport was revoked since he was dismissed with a post-coup government decree under the State of Emergency.

Temelli was an economics professor at Istanbul University until he was removed from his office in October, 2016. More than 150,000 people including thousands of academics, judges, prosecutors, teachers and many others from several professions have lost their jobs as part of the Turkish government’s post-coup crackdown against dissidents.

“We announced our candidate for the election only yesterday. Our candidate [Selahattin Demirtas] is not with us because he is in jail. Now I was going to go abroad but my passport was confiscated. Another police operation was carried out against our party only this morning. 6,000 friends of us are in jail now. A special emergency rule is on force against HDP,” Temelli told media.

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