Pro-Kurdish party members detained before Turkey’s elections

The Peoples’ Democratic Party said their participation in the elections is legal. (AFP/File)
Updated 30 March 2019

Pro-Kurdish party members detained before Turkey’s elections

  • Party released a statement saying the detentions were an attack on the party
  • Turkish president said the party are “terror loves”

ISTANBUL: A pro-Kurdish party in Turkey says party members have been detained in the lead-up to Sunday’s municipal elections.
The Peoples’ Democratic Party, or HDP, said in a statement Saturday that 53 people were detained in Istanbul overnight. They include candidates running for municipal council seats. It said the detentions were an attack on the party that would mar the legitimacy of the elections.
Turkey’s private Demiroren news agency said anti-terror police conducted simultaneous raids in multiple Istanbul districts.
The government accuses the HDP of links to outlawed Kurdish militants, and 10 lawmakers, 40 mayors and thousands of activists remain jailed. On Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated the accusation and called the party “terror lovers.”
The HDP says it’s running in the elections through legal, democratic means to regain seats in the predominantly Kurdish southeast.


US Navy carrier transits Strait of Hormuz after deployment

Updated 20 November 2019

US Navy carrier transits Strait of Hormuz after deployment

DUBAI: A US aircraft carrier ordered by the White House to rapidly deploy to the Mideast over a perceived threat from Iran has transited the Strait of Hormuz for the first time since its deployment.
The US Navy says the USS Abraham Lincoln transited the strait on Tuesday, making its way to the Arabian Gulf. The carrier left Norfolk, VA, in April and was diverted to the Middle East in May, but it had remained in the Arabian Sea, avoiding passage through the strait that borders Iran.
American aircraft carriers have for decades sailed through the international oil shipping route in what the US describes as “defensive” operations aimed at keeping the strait open.
The Trump administration deployed the Lincoln to the Arabian Gulf amid a spike in tensions with Iran.