Turkish police detain 14 HDP officials, union members over alleged PKK ties

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A girl flashes the victory sign as holding a flag bearing the logo of Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) as Turkish Kurds gather during Newroz celebrations for the new year in Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, on March 21, 2018. Newroz (also known as Nawroz or Nowruz) is an ancient Persian festival, which is also celebrated by Kurdish people, marking the first day of spring, which falls on March 21. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN

Turkish police on Monday detained 14 Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) officials and members of the Health and Social Workers Union in Ankara over their alleged ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the Deutsche Welle Turkish service reported.

The state-run Anadolu news agency reported that the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office issued detention warrants for 16 people as part of an investigation into the PKK.

The HDP Ankara branch announced the police raids via Twitter in the early morning hours.

According to HDP Co-chair Sezai Temelli, more than 12,000 HDP members, including the former leaders Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ, are already behind bars.

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