Turkey's pro-Kurdish party HDP's 11 MPs detained

November 4, 2016 01:36

ANKARA - Two co-leaders and nine lawmakers of Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) were detained early on Friday over reluctance to give testimony for crimes linked to "terrorist propaganda."

Turkish police raided the Ankara house of co-leader Selahattin Demirtas and the house of co-leader Figen Yuksekdag in Diyarbakir, the largest city in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast, the party's lawyers told Reuters.Nine other HDP parliamentarians were also detained, lawyers said.

Turkey accuses the HDP of links to the Kurdish militant group PKK, which is deemed a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union and Turkey.

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