Seven more people were sent to prison on Thursday morning, including the co-chair of the Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP), a parliamentary candidate of the Green Left Party and a journalist, as the wave of operations against pro-Kurdish and socialist left-wing opponents in Turkey continues.
On 30 April, members of ESP, Socialist Women’s Assemblies (SKM), Socialist Youth Associations Federation (SGDF) and editors of Etkin News Agency (ETHA) were detained in operations in eight cities as part of a joint investigation by prosecutors’ offices in Istanbul and Eskişehir.
The prosecutor’s office referred 23 of the detainees to court on Wednesday evening with a request for arrest. The court sent seven of the detainees, including ESP Co-Chair Şahin Tümüklü, Green Left Party’s Eskişehir province parliamentary candidate Müslüm Koyun and ETHA editor Nadiye Gürbüz, to prison awaiting trial.
On Wednesday morning, several people were detained in house raids in the Silopi (Silopiya) district of the Kurdish-majority southeastern province of Şırnak (Şırnex) and in the Ceyhan district of the southern province of Adana.
Eleven people were also detained on Wednesday in house raids in seven provinces in operations centred in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa (Riha).