Turkey arrests Kurdish author over 2014 Kobani protests

A Turkish court has arrested Kurdish writer Nezir Çakan as part of an investigation into the 2014 protests against an Islamic State (ISIS) siege of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, Karınca news site reported on Wednesday.

Çakan, Kurdish PEN member and head of the Kurdish Literary Association, was taken into police custody on Nov. 12 in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır over his alleged role in the protests and was later transported to Ankara.

The Ankara 5th Penal Court ordered the author’s arrest and he was placed in the Turkish capital’s Sincan prison, it said. 

Turkish authorities earlier this year opened an investigation into the 2014 nationwide protests.

In September, officials ordered the arrest of 82 people, including members of the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) for allegedly inciting violence in 2014 Kobani protests against the Turkish army’s inaction during an ISIS attack on the town.