Turkish cops detain musicians, lawyers in leftist crackdown

January 18, 2013 23:16

ISTANBUL - Turkish police arrested 85 people, including leftist lawyers, musicians and human rights activists, in raids against people suspected of links to an outlawed militant group, Turkish media reported on Friday.

Many of the 15 lawyers arrested were from the Progressive Lawyers' Association, which works with victims of torture and leftist prisoners, according its website.

Five members of Grup Yorum, a popular, left-leaning band playing folk-rock music, were detained, Cihan Keskek, another member of the band, told Reuters by telephone from Germany.

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