Three arrested over fight at AKP Diyarbakır meeting

Three members of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) were arrested after a fight broke out among different groups of them at a meeting held to introduce their parliamentary candidates for the majority-Kurdish province of Diyarbakır, left-wing newspaper BirGün said.

Party members from the youth branch of one of the districts in the province began chanting, and members of another group at the provincial youth level told them to chant in general rather than mentioning their district specifically.

The discussion soon became heated and came to blows, leading some police being injured trying to break up the fight.

Police escorted Culture and Tourism Minister Numan Kurtulmuş from the room.

Three people were arrested after the brawl, but they were later released at the behest of other party members.