Several HDP supporters were arrested in Ankara (Image credit: GETTY IMAGES)

Turkey pro-Kurd HDP party condemns arrest of leaders

The pro-Kurdish HDP party in Turkey has denounced the arrest of its leaders on Thursday night as an attempt by the government to eradicate democracy.

The HDP said the arrests were a dark day for the country, as its supporters took the streets in protest.

HDP joint leaders Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag are accused of spreading propaganda for militants fighting the Turkish state.

They and 10 other HDP activists deny links to the PKK Kurdish rebel group.

All were arrested for refusing to answer prosecutors' questions in relation to the accusations.

Hours after Mr Demirtas was arrested in Diyarbakir, a huge car bomb killed eight people and injured more than 100. He has elicited international support with his liberal politics but critics say he has failed to distance the party sufficiently from the outlawed PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party)...Read more...

Source: bbc.com