Two more elected HDP officials suspended in Turkey

Two elected officials were suspended over the weekend as pressure continues on the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party in Turkey.

Riot police block the entrance of a pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party office to prevent party members from leaving for a demonstration in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey, Jan. 21, 2018.REUTERS/Sertac Kayar

An elected official hasn’t run Caldiran, a town of 67,000 people near Turkey’s border with Iran, since February 2017.

That’s when the former co-mayor, Faruk Demir, was dismissed by presidential decree and placed in pre-trial detention for 11 months on terror charges. A state-appointed trustee took over municipal functions in Caldiran as in nearly 100 other municipalities — most of which were run by officials affiliated with the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP)  — that were impacted during mass purges stemming from a 2016 coup attempt.

Demir was eventually released, though his trials continue., despite being confirmed as a candidate by Turkey’s Supreme Electoral Council before the vote.

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