Kurdish activists detained in Erzurum

Turkish police detained 21 activists for pro-Kurdish political parties in Karayazı in the northeast of Turkey on Saturday, Kurdish-movement news agency Mesopotamia said.

Karayazı is a district of Erzurum known for its considerable Kurdish population.

Turkey is currently in the run up to snap presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24, and if the majority-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) fail to enter parliament, it would leave the government with a safe majority there.

Most of the arrestees were members of the HDP sister-party the Democratic Regions Party (DBP) which has been campaigning on behalf of the HDP and its presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtaş.

They included Erzurum province DBP co-chair Muhlis Kırmacı, party officials, and local assembly members.