US criticized Turkey for arresting Kurdish party leaders

Officials in the US and several European countries harshly criticized the arrest of Kurdish leaders in Turkey as part of the failed coup.
The evening of the failed coup, last July Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Tonight (Friday), the US and several other countries expressed concerns regarding the arrests of Kurdish leaders by Turkish authorities as part of the investigation of the failed coup in Turkey last July.

US Secretary of State’s deputy talked on the phone with a Turkish official and expressed the US’s concerns regarding the arrests and the restriction of Internet access in the country. German Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier also criticized the arrests, saying that although Ankara has the right to fight terror “it shouldn’t serve as a justification to silence the opposition or even put them behind bars.”

Today, Turkish authorities arrested the heads of the pro-Kurdish political party, the biggest opposition party in the country. They are currently held and awaiting trial. In addition to two party leaders ten more party members were arrested.

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