A Turkish court has ordered the arrests of 5 suspects in the southeastern province of Batman over accusations that they are members of the outlawed PKK and have damaged public property.
Batman police previously detained a total of 7 suspects with two being Syrian citizens on the grounds that they participated in illegal demonstrations allegedly connected to the the siege of ISIS of the northern Syrian city Kobane (Ayn Al Arab) on 6-7 October, 2014.
The events of Oct. 6-7 took place after Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) leader Selahattin Demirtas called the party’s supporters to the streets to rally in support of Kobane. During the protests more than 40 people were killed.
Turkish police carried out an operation this week against the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H), the youth wing of the PKK, detaining 41 suspects in Silopi, a district of the southeastern Sirnak province.
The police also carried out an operation last weekend against the YDG-H, detaining 11 suspects in the eastern province of Siirt.
The police detained a further 19 suspects in late May in the Dogubeyazit district of Agri, eastern Turkey, after they received a notification about planned attacks by the YDG-H. A Turkish court arrested 14 of them following the detentions.
Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its southeastern regions by the PKK, which was founded in 1974 by Abdullah Ocalan, the currently imprisoned leader of the militant organisation, and his supporters. Armed clashes and acts of violence have continued on and off for more than 30 years, and claimed more than 40,000 lives.