109 to 190 people have been taken into custody on 13 February as a result of simultaneous KCK raids in many cities. The operation targeted members of the BDP and opponent unions KESK, SES, and Tüm Bel-Sen. Detainees have been sent to Istanbul with the instruction of investigating Public Prosecutor of Istanbul.
According to the figures by ANF, 190 people have been taken into custody today in simultaneous raids which were carried out at early morning hours in the provinces of Ankara, Adana, Batman, Mardin, Van, Erzurum, Hakkari, Muş, Diyarbakır, Kocaeli, Denizli, Mersin, Şırnak, İzmir, Urfa and Antep. While Turkish authorities have yet not made a statement about detention figures, Turkish media reports that 109 people were taken into custody in 30 cities.
Among the detainees are at least 15 woman members of unions, a journalist and a scenarist. The number of detentions in Istanbul and Batman alone has reached 75.
The figures of people who have been taken into custody in today’s KCK operation are as follows; 42 people in Istanbul, 33 people in Batman, 15 woman members of unions in Ankara, at least 20 people in Mardin and its districts, 13 people in Adana, 10 people in İzmir, 10 people in Diyarbakır, 10 people in Antep, 8 people in Van, 6 people in Hakkari, , 6 people in Şırnak, 6 union members in Mersin, 3 people in Karayazaı district of Erzurum, 3 people in Urfa and Suruç district, 2 people in Denizli, one person in Adıyaman, one person in Bitlis and one person in Kocaeli.
On the other hand, 10 people have been taken into custody today in Halfeti district of Urfa as a result of police attack on the protest act against 15 February conspiracy.
Should the figures of today’s detentions be confirmed to be over 150, the KCK wave of today will be the largest of the KCK operations since 2009.
On 12 February, 11 people were taken into custody in Urfa, 10 people in Adana (included a journalist) and one person in Mersin.
And on 11 February, 26 people, included a 10 year-old boy, were taken into custody in the provinces of Manisa, Van, Cizre, Mersin and Istanbul.
According to the figures obtained from the news reflected to ANF and DIHA, the number of people who have been taken into custody between 1-13 Februarys for political reasons has reached 405. Considering 887 people who were taken into custody in January, this number rose to 1292; which means 29 people are taken into custody per day.