Kurdish politicians handcuffed and beaten by police in Turkey’s east

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Mayor Evren Demir

Two Kurdish co-mayors of Ağrı in eastern Turkey were subjected to excessive police force, the Diken news website reported on Wednesday.

Betül Yaşar, who was elected mayor of Ağrı from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), and her co-mayor Evren Demir were reportedly handcuffed from behind, laid down on the ground and verbally insulted by the police after a discussion between their driver and the police at the entrance of the municipal building.

Demir was also hit in the head with a baton and subsequently sought emergency treatment.

The incident was put on the parliamentary agenda by two HDP deputies who submitted a proposal to conduct a parliamentary inquiry into the incident.

In the proposal the HDP deputies claimed that after the incident the police also seized municipal security camera footage without presenting a prosecutor’s order.

The official HDP Twitter account on Tuesday published video footage showing a heated argument between municipal employees and a police officer in the building.

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