21:52 GMT07 August 2020
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    Leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) Murat Karayilan on Friday promised to respond to recent detention of politicians from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) by Turkish authorities.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Over the past 24 hours, co-chairs of the HDP — Figen Yuksekdag and Selahattin Demirtas — as well as over a dozen parliament members have been detained in raids that were conducted in a number of Turkish cities.

    "We can give the necessary response on all fronts, and we will," Karayilan said, commenting on the recent detentions, as quoted by the Turkish Minute newspaper.

    He added that this "attack" against the Kurdish people conducted by the ruling Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AKP) would deepen the tensions between Ankara and the PKK.

    Tensions between Ankara and the PKK escalated in July 2015 when a ceasefire between the sides collapsed over a series of attacks allegedly committed by the members of the group, which is outlawed in Turkey as a terrorist organization.

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    arrest, Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP), Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Turkey
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