32 detained in KCK probe as MP’s house searched

32 detained in KCK probe as MP’s house searched

Doğan News Agency (DHA)
32 detained in KCK probe as MP’s house searched

Leyla Zana. AA Photo

Police detained 32 people and searched the house of independent deputy Leyla Zana as part of the ongoing Kurdish Communities Union (KCK) probe, according to reports. 

Raids were conducted early in the morning in a number of provinces, including Istanbul, Diyarbakır, Ankara, Siirt and Adana. 

One of the detainees was reported to be Fatma Kurtulan, a former Van deputy for the now-closed Democratic Society Party (DTP).

A number of buildings belonging to the DTP’s successor, the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), were also searched as part of the police raids.

Operations are continuing in over 10 provinces.

The KCK is accused of being the urban wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.   

Zana responds to house search 

Independent deputy Leyla Zana has criticized the prime minister in the wake of a police search of her home in the latest raid against the Kurdish Communities Union (KCK)

"It is the prime minister who is responsible for the sharing of hopes following the elections," Zana said. “He excluded the Kurds and suppressed their demands."

Zana further told reporters that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan "should provide solutions, not the way to prison."

“I would have expected him to say that guns are not insurance,” Zana said in reference to Erdoğan's reaction to her recent comment that arms the “insurance of the Kurdish people.” "I would have expected him to say that 'insurance is law.'"

The house in question did not belong to Zana but was rented by a relative for her, according to reports.

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