Massive political arrests in Turkey

The latest of ongoing assaults happened last night on November 27th when coordinated raids were conducted in Ankara, Urfa and Adıyaman provinces

Massive political arrests in Turkey

In an escalation of attacks against all opposition, the Turkish government detained many dissenting figures in late night raids.  Many opposition figures, party members, human rights activists, journalists and unionists were arrested.

The latest of ongoing assaults happened last night on November 27th when coordinated raids were conducted in Ankara, Urfa and Adıyaman provinces.

Most of the detainees in these raids were Human Rights activists and lawyers.  The government did not give any reasons for the raids or detentions.  However, all detainees were taken to the notorious “Anti-Terrorism Department” for questioning.  Turkish government uses the “Anti-terrorism” as a cover and catch-all accusation to silence all opposition.

In Ankara, the nation’s capital, the early morning raids were mostly against the opposition progressive pro-Kurdish party HDP.  In conjunction, people associated with Human Rights Association and Health Care Workers Union (SES) were also detained.

In the Adıyaman raid an ex-representative of the same opposition HDP party Behçet Yıldırım’s home was searched and consequently the ex-representative was taken into custody.  Witnesses reported that the police put a gun to the head of Yıldırım during the house search.  The police left the house a wreck after detaining the HDP member.

Other police raids in Adıyaman hit the news agency Dicle Haber Ajansı which was closed in the past by a government decree.  The news agency’s ex-reporter Hacı Yusuf Topaloğlu’s home was searched before he was taken into custody. During the raid the entire household was forced to lay on the ground and guns put to their heads by the police.

In Urfa, a south-eastern town, İrfan Erdem, a father of two was taken into custody for his social media posts.  The government considered his posts to be “propaganda for an organization.”  Turkish government had stated earlier when the Turkish invasion of Syria had begun that the social media posts would be monitored and any posts opposing the Turkish invasion would be prosecuted.  At the same time, usage of words like “war”, “Invasion”, “occupation” was banned in reference to the Turkish army’s attack.

Sendika.Org News (Mehmet Bayram)