A huge cleansing of Turkey’s state and other institutions is continuing as people from all walks of life find themselves being hunted down and taken into custody.
At least 124 people were arrested, while 411 others were detained over the past 48 hours, according to Turkish news agencies.
Police carried out the operations in at least 28 provinces across Turkey. With most of the arrestees being pro-Kurdish politicians, those arrested over the past day also included civil servants, police officers, and businessmen.
Early on Monday, pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) spokesperson Ayhan Bilgen announced that at least 237 officials from his party have been detained in simultaneous raids.
The detainees include HDP provincial and district branch heads in provinces such as İstanbul, Ankara, İzmir, Adana, Mersin and Şanlıurfa. The party’s Diyarbakır deputy Demirel and Siirt deputy Konca were also taken to the Ankara Police Department after being detained in front of HDP headquarters in Ankara late Monday evening.
Police raids on HDP offices and the houses of party officials came after an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on Sunday claimed responsibility for twin bombings that killed 44 people and wounded more than 160 outside Vodafone Arena in the Beşiktaş district of İstanbul on Saturday.