HDP spokesperson Ayhan Bilgen released after detention
AA photoKurdish issue-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) spokesperson and Kars deputy Ayhan Bilgen was released on Jan. 29 after being briefly detained by police in the Turkish capital Ankara.
Bilgen tweeted about his detention at Ankara Esenboğa Airport, from where he was set to fly to Istanbul, saying he was told that he would be taken to the southeastern province of Diyarbakır.
He had been referred to a Diyarbakır court for arrest but was later released on probation.
Bilgen's detention came a day after three HDP deputies, Altan Tan, Hüda Kaya and Meral Danış Beştaş, were detained on Jan. 28. The deputies were released on the same day.
The three deputies were reportedly detained as part of a terror probe being conducted by Diyarbakır prosecutors over a press release regarding the Oct. 6-8, 2014, incidents in which widespread protests were carried out with the backing of the HDP against the Turkish government’s policies regarding clashes between the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the northern Syrian city of Kobane. In the protests that mainly occurred in the eastern and southeastern provinces, over 40 people died.