6 journalists detained amid protests against removal of Kurdish mayors

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Six journalists in Mardin and Diyarbakır were taken into police custody while following protests against the government removal of three Kurdish mayors on Monday, according to the Mezopotamya news agency.

Police detained Ahmet Kanbal, Mehmet Şah Oruç, Rojda Aydın, Nurcan Yalçın and Halime Parlak in Mardin, and Yelda Özbek in Diyarbakır, the report said.

Following Turkey’s removal of the mayors of Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van over alleged terrorist links, thousands, including Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputies, took to the streets to protest.

Three HDP deputies were among the protestors who received medical treatment due to injuries sustained when the police intervened in the demonstrations.

Turkish police on Monday also detained 418 people in 29 provinces as part of a massive terrorism investigation.

The Mezopotamya agency’s Kurdish service editor, Ziyan Karahan, was among those detained in the investigation.

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