Jun 12 2018

Turkish police detain HDP campaigners and their vehicles

Police in Turkey’s Aegean province of Izmir have detained two activists campaigning for the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) along with towing the electoral vehicle they were driving at the time, local newspaper İzGazete said.

The vehicle was driving around the neighbourhood of Çamlıkule on the outskirts of the city playing a speech by jailed party presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtaş on loudspeakers – not unusual in Turkey, where it is typical for every party to broadcast slogans, songs and speeches from similar trucks.

Police arrested HDP member Haydar Yılmaz and local district HDP president Birol Duruk, as well as impounding their electoral vehicle and Yılmaz’s car.

It is unknown what they will be charged with, but it is believed that it will be linked to the arrests of a series of other HDP activists around the city following a Ramadan post-fasting meeting the party’s youth branch held on Sunday night.