Co-mayor refuses imposition by governor and is arrested

Halfeli Municipality co-mayor, Hasan Safa, was asked to issue a "message inviting people to stay calm" despite the news of dismissal of HDP-run municipalities. Safa was detained when he refused to issue the message.

Hasan Safa, HDP co-mayor of Halfeli town municipality, was taken into custody on Monday in Iğdır. He was able to meet with his lawyer who reported that Safa, whose length of detention was extended by 4 days, was arrested under the pretext of a file he had been tried before.

Meeting with his client at the Iğdır Provincial Gendarmerie Command, lawyer Haydar Mızrak said that Safa was invited to the governorate by the Deputy Governor of Iğdır before his dismissal to be informed of the decision. Mızrak said that the Deputy Governor asked co-chair Safa to share a message 'reassuring people' and asking them to stay calm. When Safa refused, he was detained.