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Speaking from custody Demirtaş says: We face a new phase of civilian coup

A woman holds up a photo of Selahattin Demirtas, co-leader of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), as she takes part in a demonstration to protest against the Turkish government's policy on November 4, 2016 in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. A Turkish court has placed under arrest ahead of trial the two co-leaders of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), the state-run Anadolu news agency said. A court in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir ruled to remand Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag in custody after they were detained overnight as part of a terror investigation. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Boris Roessler / Germany OUT

The arrested co-chair of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtaş, sent a message on Friday through his lawyer, calling the ongoing crackdown against the Kurdish opposition a different phase of a civilian coup taking place under the pioneering of the government and the president.

“My friends and I will continue to stand firm against this unlawful coup any place, at any time,” Demirtaş vowed after his arrest. He also promised to pursue the struggle for peace and freedom. “We will continue our democratic political struggle no matter the conditions,” Demirtaş stated in his message.
After several HDP deputies were rounded up in the early hours of Friday, eight Kurdish lawmakers including the two co-chairs of the party were arrested on Friday afternoon.
The Doğan news agency has reported that HDP Co-chairs Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ have been taken to Kandıra Prison in Kocaeli, where the previously arrested co-mayors of Diyarbakir Gültan Kışanak and Fırat Anlı are currently being held.

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