Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Şanlıurfa deputy and spokesperson Osman Baydemir was detained in the western Turkish province of İzmir on Saturday.

A detention warrant has recently been issued for Baydemir by a Şırnak upon he failed to testify to authorities as part of an investigation carried out against him in Şırnak province.

The Mezopotamya new agency reported that Baydemir went to İzmir to attend a party program on Saturday and was detained by the police on his way to İzmir Social Security Institution (SGK) Guesthouse.

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 as well as 11 HDP deputies including the party’s co-chairs have been arrested on terror charges.

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