ANKARA Two leaders and at least 13 lawmakers of Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) were detained early on Friday over reluctance to give testimony for crimes linked to "terrorist propaganda."Turkish police raided the Ankara house of co-leader Selahattin Demirtas and the house of co-leader Figen Yuksekdag in Diyarbakir, the largest city in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast, the party's lawyers told Reuters. Police also raided and searched the party's head office in central Ankara. Television images showed party officials quarreling with police during the raid, and a Reuters witness said many police cars and armed vehicles had closed the entrances to the street of the HDP headquarters.
At least 13 other HDP parliamentarians were detained, lawyers said. HDP is the third largest party in the 550-seat Turkish parliament, with 59 seats. Parliamentarians in Turkey normally enjoy immunity from prosecution, but the pro-Kurdish party's immunity was lifted earlier this year.
Turkey accuses the HDP of links to the Kurdish militant group PKK, which is deemed a terrorist organisation by the United States, the European Union and Turkey.
(Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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Updated Date: Nov 04, 2016 05:46 AM