Dec 19 2017

Turkish police raid Kurdish party offices

Turkish police investigating terrorism charges raided the offices of two pro-Kurdish parties, the left-wing Evrensel newspaper said.

Police broke down the door of a People’s Democratic Party (HDP) office in Istanbul looking for the district’s co-chairs Gül Demir and Ercan Demir. Officers also had a “search and confiscation warrant” for documents there.

Ercan Demir was arrested on Aug. 21 for attending a memorial meeting for Ulaş Bayraktaroğlu, a left-wing militant killed fighting Islamic State in Syria, and has only recently been released.

Police also carried out operations in the western city of İzmir against the HDP and another pro-Kurdish group, the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), arresting 55 members, the newspaper said.