Dismissed Kurdish mayor detained in dawn police raid in southeastern Turkey
Turkish police on Monday detained Adnan Selçuk Mızraklı, the dismissed mayor of Turkey's southeastern province of Diyarbakır, and three other district co-mayors from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) party, secularist daily Cumhuriyet reported.
Mızraklı, together with the co-mayor of Kayapınar, Kezban Yılmaz, and the co-mayor of Bismil, Orhan Ayaz, were detained in a police raid on their homes in the early hours of Monday, Cumhuriyet said.
Mızraklı’s lawyer, Mehmet Emin Aktar, said the warrant for his client stated only that he was being detained "due to an ongoing investigation" and that he had not received more detailed information.
Diyarbakır Büyükşehir Belediye Başkanı A. Selçuk Mızraklı sabah 06 da evinden gözaltına alındı. Arama ve gözaltı kararında suçlama nedeni “yürütülen bir soruşturma” yazılı sadece.— Mehmet Emin Aktar (@MehmetEminAktar) October 21, 2019
Mardin mayor Ahmet Türk, Van mayor Bedia Özgökçe Ertan and Mızraklı were dismissed by the Interior Ministry on August 19 over alleged links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), an outlawed group that has fought for Kurdish self-rule in Turkey for three decades.
Ankara has intensified a crackdown on the Kurdish political movement since peace talks with the PKK broke down in 2015, and HDP lawmakers and mayors have frequently been dismissed from their roles or faced legal charges for alleged PKK links in the years since. The party’s former co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ were arrested on terror charges in 2016.