Intelligence and Anti-Terror Branch teams raided the Socialist Democracy Party (SDP) building in Turkey’s western province of Izmir on Wednesday, detaining four party executives including one woman.
The operation came after a notice saying that the SDP is planning “an illegal demonstration with explosive substances in the city.”
Police seized many sharp objects, three guns and eight molotov bombs in the party’s office. Police also collected documents from the office.
Police dogs were used to sniff out explosive substances in the operation.
The SDP is recognised as an illegal far-left organisation by the Turkish authorities.
The party buildings in Istanbul were raided many times during the Gezi Park protests in June 2013 because a number of party members were involved in riots in which they committed acts of vandalism and violence.
Beginning as an environmentalist demonstration over the proposed renovation of the popular Gezi Park in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, with dozens of concerned Istanbulites occupying the park in order to prevent the removal of trees, the protests later turned into a nationwide wave of riots against the Turkish government.