Protests against the removal of the pro-Kurdish mayors has descended into citywide mayhem Tuesday as riot police repeatedly clashed with protesters in Diyarbakır.

Despite the clashes, hundreds of Kurds continue to gather in front of the Diyarbakır Municipal building to protest the Turkish government’s removal of the mayors who were elected in the most recent local elections that were held on 31 March 2019, from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). In the elections, Diyarbakır Mayor Adnan Mızraklı received 63 percent, Mardin Mayor Ahmet Turk received 56 percent, Van Mayor Bedia Özgökçe received 54 percent of total votes.

According to the BBC News Turkçe, Diyarbakır mayor was replaced with current Diyarbakır Governor Hasan Basri Güzeloğlu. Mardin Mayor was replaced by the current Mardin Governor Mustafa Yaman and Van mayor was replaced by the current Van governor Mehmet Emin Bilmez.

According to the Turkish authorities, the dismissed mayors support the PKK and the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), which are considered twrrorist organizations in Turkey.

Istanbul police assault pro-Kurdish deputies protesting removal of elected mayors in SE Turkey

In a related development, a newly emerged video footage shows the moment Turkish police used excessive force against a group of pro-Kurdish HDP deputies protesting the dismissal of the mayors in front of Istanbul Çağlayan Courthouse. During the police intervention, Ahmet Şık, one of the HDP deputies, was severely assaulted by the police, the dokuz8NEWS reported.

Istanbul Mayor :Everyone should know their place

Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu has slammed the ousting of three Kurdish mayors in the eastern Turkey, and dismissed allegations of the further ousting of mayors from the main opposition party.

“The will of the nation is very important. Ignoring the will of the nation is a very big mistake… I condemn [the dismissals] and stand against it. Everyone should know their place,” independent news site T24 quoted İmamoğlu as saying.