Turkish police detained a number of members of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Youth Assembly in house raids in Istanbul and Izmir on Monday morning, Mezopotamya Agency (MA) reported.
Police raided 20 addresses in the two cities and detained 19 people as part of an investigation conducted by Istanbul’s Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office. Among those detained are journalists working for Demokratik Modernite, a quarterly journal of thought and theory focusing on the Kurdish issue.
According to MA, the detainees are charged with being members of a terrorist organisation. Detention warrants have been issued for 22 people within the scope of the investigation.
A further 18 people, including pro-Kurdish Democratic Regions Party (DBP) and HDP district co-chairs, were detained in house raids in the Suruç (Pirsûs) district of Şanlıurfa (Riha) province last week.