Carthy slams mass arrests of Kurdish MPs in Turkey
Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has written to Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan and to EU Foreign Affairs representative Frederica Mogherina, regarding the mass arrests of Kurdish parliamentarians in Turkey last night.
Speaking today, Matt Carthy said:
Last night, Turkish police detained the joint leadership and nine other parliamentarians of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition party, People's Democracy HDP.
The pro-Kurdish HDP are third largest party in the Turkish parliament.
The arrest of these MPs has set a very dangerous precedent, and raises serious questions about the future of democracy in Turkey.
The rationale provided for these mass political arrests is spurious and the development is entirely unacceptable.
I have today written to Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan and to EU Foreign Affairs representative Frederica Mogherina, asking that exercise all available avenues to ensure the immediate release of these MPs.