Hugh Fitzgerald: Erdogan Cracks Down on the Kurds

Turkish police detained 90 people on Tuesday over suspected links to outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) rebels, the government said, and the main pro-Kurdish party decried the arrests as a politically motivated crackdown.

The operation across eight provinces was continuing, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The arrests come days after President Tayyip Erdogan warned he would replace any mayors elected in next year’s local elections if they were deemed to have links to terrorism.

Erdogan accuses the main pro-Kurdish party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), of links to the PKK. The HDP denies this and says it is unjustly targeted by the government.

More than 140 HDP members had been detained over several days, the party said on Sunday.

via Hugh Fitzgerald: Erdogan Cracks Down on the Kurds

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