Three politicians from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) were hospitalized over food poisoning while under detention, deputy Hüseyin Kaçmaz said early on Sept. 28.
Mayor Ayhan Bilgen, İsmail Şengün and Can Memiş were taken to a hospital and Bilgen returned to police headquarters after his treatment was completed, he said.
The party on Sept. 27 said that Bilgen told his lawyers that he was suffering from food poisoning because of the dinner served at the Ankara police headquarters and that he wasn’t taken to a hospital.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s draconian legislation comes into force this week in a bid to censor free speech online
When a team of 20 police officers demanded to search journalist Oktay Candemir’s flat earlier this month, he feared the worst: members of the Turkish media who are critical of the government are often arrested on spurious terrorism charges, and he has been in trouble several times before.
Turkey’s opposition parties have criticized the detention of dozens of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) members, saying that the move is politically motivated.
Turkish police on Sept. 25 detained dozens of HDP members, including the co-mayor of the eastern province of Kars, over 2014 violent protests against the siege by ISIS of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane.
The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office said on Sept. 25 that summary of proceedings will be prepared against seven deputies of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in order for their immunities to be lifted over 2014 violent protests against the siege by ISIS of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane.
The office, which carries out the investigation into the Kobane protests, said that the summary of proceedings will be prepared against the seven deputies into whom investigations are ongoing.
The deputies in question were the HDP’s Central Executive Board (MYK) members during Kobane protests, the prosecutor’s office said.
Earlier on Sept. 25, Turkish police detained 20 HDP members, including the co-mayor of the eastern province of Kars, Ayhan Bilgen, over Kobane protests.
Despite severe oppression, censorship, detentions, arrests and threats, the Mesopotamia News Agency (MA) recently marked its third anniversary, continuing to report on the assaults by the state and the racists against the Kurds from the field. In fact, a recent story MA has been following for days has left the country appalled. The agency’s story has activated the opposition while the parliament was asked to convene in an extraordinary session. It was demanded that a parliamentary investigation committee be formed to investigate the incident.
Following the agency’s story, nongovernmental organizations and human rights activists sent delegations to the region where the incident took place. The MA story also caused national and international media to send more than 100 reporters to the region. The allegations have also drawn attention from Europe. A delegation from the European Commission was sent to the region, it was reported, to write a report concerning the allegations.