ŞANLIURFA - Anatolia News Agency
Eight BDP members were arrested Tuesday. DHA photo
Eight of the 25 pro-Kurdish party members detained by Turkish police last week were arrested Tuesday by a court in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa.
Twenty-five members of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party, or BDP, were detained by Şanlıurfa police Friday on accusations of "throwing Molotov cocktails and encouraging such actions" and "recruiting personnel for a terrorist organization," namely the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.
The court arrested eight of the detainees, including the BDP provincial branch head İbrahim Ayhan. The other 17 BDP members were released, 12 of them pending trial.
Turkey has recently engaged in intensified diplomatic efforts with Iraq and the United States to revive trilateral action initiated on April 12 against the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.
The ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, has meanwhile met with the BDP and nongovernmental organizations in order to boost its Kurdish initiative for a non-military solution to the issue.
Members of youth organization detained
Meanwhile, 16 people were detained by the police in Istanbul’s Maltepe district within the scope of an operation against the PKK. The police said the detainees were members of the “Democratic Patriot Youth Parliament” and affiliated to the PKK. The detainees were captured simultaneously in 13 locations in Maltepe. They are accused of vandalizing public property and committing violent acts with Molotov cocktails before the referendum on Sept. 12. During the operations, two unlicensed handguns, materials for Molotov cocktails and organizational documents were confiscated.