Pro-Kurdish mayor arrested in Turkey

Azim Yacan, mayor of Ipekyolu in southeast Turkey, was arrested along with his deputy, and charged with 'terrorist propaganda' and membership in the outlawed Kurdistan Worker's Party.

Published: 08th November 2019 07:11 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th November 2019 07:11 PM   |  A+A-

arrest, handcuffs, crime

For representational purposes

By AFP

ISTANBUL: A mayor from Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party was arrested on Friday, accused of membership in a "terrorist organisation", according to state news agency Anadolu.

Azim Yacan, mayor of Ipekyolu in the province of Van in southeast Turkey, was arrested along with his deputy, and charged with "terrorist propaganda" and membership in the outlawed Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK).

Yacan is a member of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP), the country's third-largest party.

The government has cracked down on the HDP in recent months over alleged links to the PKK, which has fought a bloody insurgency against the state since 1984.

Three recently-elected mayors were removed from office in August over alleged PKK ties.

Three other mayors were arrested in October on similar charges.

The HDP was the only party to criticise Turkey's offensive against Kurdish militants in northern Syria last month, labelling it an "invasion".

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp