Turkish police detain 14 in pro-Kurdish HDP congress investigation

Turkish police detained on Tuesday 14 people as part of an investigation into the annual congress of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) over the weekend, Hürriyet newspaper reported.

Turkish authorities issued warrants for the detention of 15 people after the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation into the HDP ordinary congress, which featured a slideshow including photographs of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader, Abdullah Öcalan, it said. 

The PKK is an armed group that has been at war in Turkey for Kurdish autonomy for over three decades. Ankara accuses the HDP of harbouring sympathy and acting in the interest of the PKK.

Police are looking for one more person and the detainees remain in custody at the Ankara Police Department, Hürriyet said.

The HDP held is fourth ordinary congress on February 23, electing lawmaker Mithat Sancar and re-electing Pervin Buldan as the party’s co-chairs.