A group of plainclothes policemen on Friday detained Mehmet Aydın, the mayor of Mardin’s Savur district from the pro–Kurdish Democratic Regions Party (DBP), and then hung a Turkish flag on the facade of the municipal building.
Police teams reportedly conducted a search at the municipal building on Friday and seized some documents. Media reports stated that police simultaneously raided Aydın’s house.
Detention warrants were also issued for five others as part of the same investigation.
Turkey’s Interior Ministry appointed trustees to many municipalities in Turkey’s eastern and southeastern regions, replacing democratically elected pro-Kurdish mayors with government-appointed figures. (Turkey Purge)