Turkey arrests Batman mayor, senior local officials

Turkish authorities detained the mayor of Turkey’s eastern province of Batman, alongside seven members of the municipal council, on Monday after they sought to hold a meeting at the municipality despite police restraint, Diken news website said.

Citing measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, police blocked the entrance to the municipality as the group was set to hold a meeting, which resulted in a brawl with local officials from the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), it said.

The police did not present any notice that prevents public meetings, Diken quoted one of the municipal council members as saying.