Kurdish mayors and deputies detained in eastern Turkey

Two mayors of districts in the eastern Turkish province of Muş have been detained by police alongside their deputies as the Turkish authorities continue to charge politicians from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) with terrorism offences, Turkish news site Diken reported.

Bulanık district mayor Adnan Topçu and Varto district mayor Ülkü Karaaslan were arrested in police raids at their homes on Tuesday. The districts’ deputy mayors have also been arrested and both municipal buildings searched, Diken said.

The two mayors are the latest from the HDP to be dismissed by authorities over alleged links to outlawed Kurdish insurgent groups.

Since the dismissal in August of the HDP mayors of Van, Diyarbakır and Mardin, three large provinces in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish east and southeast, 30 of the party’s mayors have been stripped of their duties.