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Turkey Detains 11 Pro-Kurdish MPs, Including Party Co-chairs

Earlier this week, Gültan Kışanak, mayor of Diyarbakır, Kurdistan, was arrested on terror-related charges and replaced by an appointee

Militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, PKK, prepare a barricade before they attack Turkish security forces in Nusaybin, western Kurdistan., photo: AP/Cagdas Erdogan
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ISTANBUL — Turkey’s Interior Ministry says authorities detained 11 pro-Kurdish lawmakers, including both party co-chairs, as part of ongoing terror-related investigations.

The ministry released a statement early Friday listing People’s Democratic Party, or HDP, co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ and other senior party officials.

Demirtaş wrote on Twitter: “Police officials are at the door to my house in Diyarbakır with a detention warrant.”

The ministry says the detention orders were issued by the chief public prosecutors of the southeastern provinces of Diyarbakir, Sirnak, Hakkari, Van and Bingol.

The government accuses the HDP of being the political arm of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, an accusation the HDP rejects.

Earlier this week Diyarbakır mayor Gültan Kışanak was arrested on terror-related charges and replaced by an appointee.

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