Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy İdris Baluken, who was recently released from jail, was arrested in Ankara on Tuesday after a Diyarbakır court issued an arrest warrant for him.
With the arrest of Balıken, the total number of the jailed pro-Kurdish deputies is now 13.
On Friday, Ferhat Encü, another HDP deputy, was arrested once again on Friday after Şırnak Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office objected to his release.
Encü was first arrested in a police operation on Nov. 4 along with eight other party deputies including the party’s Co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ. He was released from Kandıra
Prison on Wednesday.
Encü was released from jail last Wednesday, and only two days later he was sent to prison once again on Friday.
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 hundreds of local Kurdish politicians have been arrested on terror charges. The number of jailed HDP deputies rose to 12 after Encü’s arrest.
The developments have attracted widespread criticism from the region and Western countries