Diyarbakır's former co-mayor Selçuk Mızraklı was arrested on terror charges, a day after being detained by Turkish police. Mızraklı was elected in local elections held in March by getting 62 percent of the votes.
Veteran politician Ahmet Türk from the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) emphasized that Turks and Kurds share an age-old relationship and that Turkey cannot benefit from making an enemy out of the Kurds. Active in politics since 1973, Türk has repeatedly been targeted by a series of governments in Turkey for his pro-Kurdish positions.
Police detained sacked co-mayor Selçuk Mızraklı from the HDP early on Oct. 21, in the recent wave of arrests against the party over 'terror charges.' The HDP has recently been under scrutiny by Turkish authorities due to its criticism against Turkey's military offensive in northeastern Syria.
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Mahmut Tanal has filed a criminal complaint against American President Donald Trump, based on the controversial and oddly-worded letter that Trump sent Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan immediately prior to the launch of Turkey's incursion in northeast Syria. Tanal pointed out that Trump's language in his letter was not in accordance with proper diplomatic courtesy.
Out of Turkey's five major political parties, the pro-Kurdish HDP is the only one that strongly opposes Operation Peace Spring. However, main opposition CHP's leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has been criticizing President Erdoğan for failing to implement appropriate diplomacy to support the operation.
Despite being a legal political party, the HDP and many of its members and politicians have constantly been targeted, jailed and accused of being terrorists by the AKP and its coalition partners in the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). The 800 inquiry reports and confirmed criminal convictions pertaining to various parliamentarians has now made its way to the Turkish parliament's agenda.
President Erdoğan and the European Union have entered a bitter war of words over Turkey's military offensive in Syria, with the Turkish president saying 'Pull yourself together. We will open the gates and send 3.6 million refugees your way.'
Former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is continuing preparations to start a new political party, which is slated to be established in November.
Investigations were launched into hundreds of Turkish social media users after they criticized Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria. Over 100 people were also detained for their online posts.
Veteran politician Ahmet Türk slams Turkey's operation in northern Syria, saying “We're against an understanding that seeks to drag Turkey into the quagmire of the Middle East. This understanding will appear in front of us tomorrow and will be a disaster for Turks and Kurds alike."
The co-chairs of Turkey's pro-Kurdish HDP are accused of spreading terror propaganda after having criticized the country's military offensive in northern Syria. An investigation was launched into the co-chairs and three other deputies on several charges, including that of 'insulting the government.'
As Turkey's preparations for a military operation in northern Syria are ongoing, its parliament has approved a motion that extends the state's authority to conduct cross-border army operations. The motion was backed by all parties, except for the pro-Kurdish HDP.
While the Trump administration has allowed Turkey to conduct an assault against the U.S.' former allies and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the details of the operation remain unclear.
Turkey has launched its long-sought military offensive in northern Syria following the U.S. troops' withdrawal from the area. The vast majority of Turkish politicians praised the operation.
Turkey's opposition parties criticized the country's planned military operation in northern Syria, with the main opposition party CHP calling for dialogue between Damascus and Ankara. The pro-Kurdish HDP took a harsher tone, saying that the "safe zone" is not in line with Syria's territorial integrity.