121 Kurdish activists arrested this week — new arrests!


Murat Kur

In a new wave of arrests, 24 people have been taken to custody today. Among them five BDP executives, association chair Evrim Konak and executives Murat Kur, Deniz Kırbağ and Hıdır Yıldız.

Earlier this week, 21 people were taken into custody, and 76 were arrested for attending politics classes — a total of 121 have been arrested this week alone in Turkey.

Kurdish activists and politicians face increasing intimidation and harassment by security forces in Turkey. Arrests are made on a weekly basis, on the grounds that Kurdish intellectuals and politicians have secret ties or links with the banned Kurdish rebel group — PKK.