Turkish police detain HDP members one day before local election

Turkish police in Istanbul on early Saturday have launched an operation against the predominantly Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) and detained the party’s members and election observers, one day before the local polls, Duvar news site reported

According to pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya News Agency, the police detained 32 HDP members so far in Istanbul. 

In the southern province of Adana, Turkish prosecutors officially arrested 11 members of the HDP, who had been under custody for nine days. HDP members, including the party’s provincial co-chair, were arrested over terror related charges. 

During the election campaign, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have targeted the HDP, accusing the party for having ties to outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).