Turkey detains more than 2,000 people over terrorism ties

Politics 3/20/2017, 5:45 PM
Turkey detains more than 2,000 people over terrorism ties

Turkish police ran as many as 230 raids over the past week, which resulted in more than 2,000 people being detained over their alleged terrorism connections, the Interior Ministry stated on Monday.

Nearly half of the suspects were taken in for questioning due to their supposed links to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which Turkey, the United States and the European Union blacklisted as a terrorist organization, the German news agency DPA reported.

Alleged ties with Fethullah Gulan, whom Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed to have been the mastermind behind the coup attempt in Turkey in mid-July 2016, were cited as the reason for the detainment of 966 people. Others are believed to have links to the Islamic State or left-wing groups that Ankara had banned.

Turkey is set to hold a constitutional referendum on April 16. Over the weekend, 30,000 Turkish Kurds gathered in Frankfurt to protest against Erdogan, who is advocating for turning the country from a parliamentary system into an executive presidency.

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