HDP deputy Geveri released after brief detention

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Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Van deputy Adem Geveri has been released after a brief detention in Ankara, the Diken news website reported on Saturday.

According to the report, Geveri was released after testifying to a Van court through the IT Voice and Image System (SEGBİS) system after he was detained in Ankara early Saturday on allegations of violating the Law on Demonstrations and Public Meetings (Law 2911).

Earlier in January and in March, Geveri was released after brief detentions as part of an investigation into him and several HDP members on accusations of membership in a terrorist organization and disseminating the propaganda of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Currently, 11 HDP deputies including HDP Co-chairperson Selahattin Demirtaş are in jail.

Turkey has stepped up its crackdown on Kurdish politicians in recent months. Trustees have been appointed to dozens of municipalities in the country’s predominantly Kurdish Southeast, while hundreds of local Kurdish politicians and co-chairs have been arrested on terror charges.

The developments have attracted widespread criticism from regional and Western countries.

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