Turkey : still unrest
Western countries on Friday condemned the arrest of nine parliamentarians from Turkey's main pro-Kurdish opposition party, as the government continues its crackdown on dissent.
Among those arrested during overnight raids were Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, the co-chairs of the HDP, as well as faction chief Idris Baluken.
according to rapporteur report from dpa, link ,In total, police detained 12 members of parliament and released three under restrictions. The HDP said it expected further party members to be detained.
Turkish authorities meanwhile imposed sweeping restrictions on internet access, blocking social media sites like Twitter and Facebook and messaging applications, including WhatsApp and Skype.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim insisted the measures were only "temporary." Nevertheless, the Turkish lira slid sharply, dropping to record lows versus the dollar and euro, while stocks also tumbled.
Tom Malinowski, a United States assistant secretary of state, urged Turkey to restore access immediately and said he was "deeply troubled" by the detentions.
The HDP said the moves were aimed at shutting down the third-largest party in the Turkish parliament.
"This is a dark day not only for our party but for all of Turkey and the region as it means the end of democracy in Turkey," the party said in a statement.
The measures against the HDP come on top of a sweeping crackdown following an attempted coup by a faction in the military in July.
A state of emergency was put in place following the failed putsch, giving the government vast powers to rule by decree.
More than 165 media outlets have been shuttered, 35,000 people arrested and tens of thousands of civil servants fired. Some 100 journalists are in jail.
Hours after the arrests, a bomb blast at a police station in Diyarbakir, the main city in the largely Kurdish south-east of the country, killed nine people, including at least two members of the security forces.
Turkish authorities initially blamed the attack on the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), but Islamic State later claimed responsibility.
Prime Minister Yildirim insisted the detentions of the HDP leadership were a "process within the law." The government accuses the HDP of having links to the PKK. The HDP strongly denies this, insisting it only uses political means.
"These days of tyranny will end sooner or later in the face of our resistance," Demirtas said in a statement from jail released through his lawyer. "We will repeat our calls for peace."
The government said the HDP leadership was detained for failing to appear before prosecutors. Demirtas and Yuksekdag are accused of spreading terrorism propaganda, while others face similar charges.
The HDP rejects the charges as politically motivated, saying they were being targeted because the party opposes President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's efforts to change the constitution and give himself new powers at the expense of parliament, weakening checks and balances.
"President Erdogan has singled out our party as the main target of his authoritarian policies," the HDP said. "As he could not prevent us from entering parliament, he now orders us into prison."
At Erdogan's behest, parliament earlier this year lifted the immunity from prosecution of more than 130 members, including 55 out of the 59 HDP legislators.
After condemning the detentions as a "chilling signal," European Parliament President Martin Schulz called Yildirim to arrange talks between the bloc and the Turkish government, sources close to the EU leader told dpa.
Federica Mogherini, the EU foreign policy chief, said she was "gravely concerned" by the detentions, calling the HDP officials "democratically elected leaders and our trusted and valued interlocutors."
Multiple foreign ministries in Europe were calling in Turkish diplomats for explanations while the head of Iraq's Kurdish region was also critical and called for the legislators to be released.
Turkey's government has been in a decades-long conflict with the PKK as the armed group seeks greater autonomy for the Kurdish minority in Turkey, which comprises some 15 per cent of the population and complains of systemic discrimination.
Thirty years of war have claimed more than 40,000 lives. In the past year, since a ceasefire collapsed, thousands more have died. The government says it will not return to talks with the PKK.
Among the HDP parliamentarians detained were key negotiators in the peace process, sparking concerns talks were truly finished.
The HDP says that since July 2015 more than 5,000 people affiliated with it have been detained and more than 1,000 have been formally arrested.
Turkey has recently removed dozens of elected HDP mayors from office and replaced them with trusted Ankara loyalists. There has been no indication fresh elections will be held.