İstanbul police detained two more journalists on Satuday during protests held in istanbul against the Turkish government’s recent removal of the mayors of Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van over alleged terrorist links.

Berfin Aslan, a reporter for the Mezopotamya news portal, and Mehmet Şahin, a reporter for the Yeni Yaşam newspaper, was detained while covering protests in Kadıköy and currently waiting in police custıdy to be sent to the court.

In a controversial move on Monday, the Interior Ministry removed the mayors of Mardin, Van and Diyarbakır in southeastern Turkey, claiming they had links to the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The mayors were elected from the ranks of the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in the March 31 local elections.