Amid a major crackdown against Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), another two deputies from the third largest party in Parliament, Çağlar Demirel and Besime Konca, was arrested on Tuesday.
Turkey has stepped up its crackdown on Kurdish politicians in recent months. Trustees have been appointed to dozens of municipalities in the country’s predominantly Kurdish Southeast while Turkish courts earlier this month arrested 10 HDP deputies. Co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ and deputies İdris Baluken, Leyla Birlik, Nursel Aydoğan, Selma Irmak, Ferhat Encü and Gülser Yıldırım were arrested on Nov. 4. With the arrest of the two, the number of jailed HDP deputies rose to 12.
Following the car-bomb terrorist attack in İstanbul claiming the 44 lives, the Ministry of Interior Affairs announced on Tuesday that a total of 568 people, mainly from HDP’s local branches, were detained for alleged ‘terrorist propaganda and involvement in activities on behalf of the terrorist organisation,” on Dec. 12-13.