Newly emerged video footage shows the moment Turkish police use excessive force against Van municipality employees who gathered in front of the municipality building to the detention of Mayor Bekir Kaya.

Counter-terror police raided Van municipality on Thursday and launched searches as part of an investigation by Van Public Prosecutor’s Office against members of pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) over links with Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

After Bekir Kaya, the mayor or Van from HDP, was taken into custody by police, hundreds of municipality emplooyess gathered in fron of the municipality building to protest the detention.

The 62-second video, viewed hundreds of times on Twitter, a group of police officers disperse the protestors with water cannons, tear gas and plastic bullets.

Turkish authorities also appointed administrators to replace elected mayors and run the municipalities in the provinces of Siirt and Mardin in the mainly Kurdish southeast of the country.

According to the Turkish media sources, Mardin Governor Mustafa Yaman replaced Ahmet Türk, who was the Mayor of Mardin and former lawmaker from HDP.

Siirt deputy mayor Ceyhun Taşkın also replaced HDP’s Siirt mayor Tuncer Bakırhan.

 

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