Dozens arrested in political genocide operations in many cities

In the run-up to the 21st anniversary of the abduction and imprisonment of the Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan, a wave of arrests against the Kurdish opposition in Turkey is taking place.

Before the anniversary of the international conspiracy against Abdullah Öcalan, raids and arrests took place in many cities including Amed, Dersim, Van, Ankara and Istanbul. Among those arrested are several administrators of the HDP.


Turkish security forces raided several apartments in Amed (Diyarbakır) this morning as part of the increasingly ongoing political genocide operations and arrested 20 people. Those detained include HDP provincial branch administrator İrfan Söner, Bağlar district branch co-chair Mehmet Atlıhan, Yenişehir district branch co-chair Sadrettin Kaya, Democratic Islam Congress (DİK) member Mele Yusuf Andan, Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Bağlar district branch administrator Ali Alkan, HDP Bağlar district branch administrator Abdullah Dengiz, former Bağlar Municipality Councilor Rıfat Turfan and HDP Amed provincial branch administrator Mele Abdullah.

HDP Bağlar district branch administrator Fattullah Işıktaş also had his apartment stormed but was not found home to be arrested.


Many people have been arrested following house raids carried out in Van province early this morning. Those taken into custody include Yunus Duman, a correspondent of the Mezopotamya news agency. Duman was taken to the anti-terror branch of the police department and faces a 24-hour restriction to see lawyers.

According to HDP Van branch, 17 people were taken into custody in the city yesterday and 48 others today.


In Dersim, the police stormed a student dormitory and apartments of HDP members and supporters. At least ten people were arrested in the operation and the number of detainees is expected to increase.


In Kızıltepe district of the Mardin province the police stormed several apartments. 21-year-old Sait Sırdaş was arrested and taken to the anti-terror branch of the police department.


Several people were taken into custody following house raids carried out in Ankara province this morning. The detainees include HDP members and university students.