Turkey condemned over Kurdish lawmaker arrests, as car bomb kills nine

Turkish authorities arrested the leaders of the country's main pro-Kurdish opposition party in a terrorism probe on November 4, drawing European and UN condemnation of a widening crackdown on dissent under President Tayyip Erdogan.

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Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, co-leaders of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), were jailed pending trial after being held in overnight raids, officials said. Ten other HDP lawmakers were also detained, although some were later released.

The arrest of elected members of parliament's third largest party, and the detention or suspension of more than 110,000 officials since a failed coup in July, may "go beyond what is permissible", the UN human rights office said.

Germany and Denmark summoned Turkish diplomats over the Kurdish detentions, while European Parliament President Martin Schulz said the actions "call into question the basis for the sustainable relationship between the EU and Turkey".

Reuters

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