The co-chairs of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) have been arrested.
Co-chairs Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag appeared at court before being arrested today.
The arrests of the co-chairs comes following the detentions of HDP officials last night.
The arrests of the co-chairs may escalate the conflict between the Turkish government and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Turkey, critics have warned.
The HDP, the only pro-Kurdish party in Turkey, entered parliament with over 5 million votes in 2015, constantly urging for an end to the PKK-Ankara conflict whilst in parliament.
Ankara has frequently accused the HDP of having links to the outlawed PKK, which the party denies.