Turkish police on Tuesday detained nine people over sharing pro-outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and pro-the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) posts and spreading PKK propaganda on social media, Cumhuriyet daily reported.
According to the report, Kayseri Police Department detained nine people on early Tuesday as part of operations aiming to prevent and reveal PKK activities.
Meanwhile, police have also raided the “Conscience and Justice Watch” held by the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in İzmir’s Gündoğdu Square. As journalists who don’t have a yellow press card were not allowed into the demonstration grounds, the HDP deputies announced that they were going to hold the meeting outside the designated area. Then police raided HDP members and detained two people.
Turkish authorities had conducted direct talks with jailed PKK chief Abdullah Öcalan for several years until a truce in effect collapsed in the summer of 2015. Since then, there have been heavy clashes between the PKK and Turkish security forces.
More than 40,000 people, including 5,500 security force members, have been killed in four decades of fighting between the Turkish state and the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU. (SCF with turkishminute.com)