The Turkish government has arrested at least 1,473 members of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Regions Party (DBP) and Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in the aftermath of the July 15 coup attempt and has seized the administration of 63 municipalities.

The pro-Kurdish DBP won 103 municipalities in the recent local elections, which were held on 30 March 2014, with some repeated on 1 June 2014.

However, with Turkey has stepped up political pressure on Kurdish politicians in recent months, the gov’t appointed trustees to the management of 63 municipalities, arrested a total of 74 co-mayors, and a total of 11 deputies from the HDP.

The Turkish government claims that the growing number of arrests of Kurdish politicians at the national and local levels are part of the fight against terrorism.

Turkish government now keeps 11 HDP deputies including the party’s co-chairs

Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ under arrest.

Source: Turkey Untold