Protesters were chanting in Market Square after two co-leaders of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) and at least another 11 MPs were arrested last night.
They were arrested for “failing to testify on terrorism-related causes” which has sparked a furious reaction from Kurds, who poured out into the streets of European cities in protest.
The arrests follow the recent coup d’état which was attempted in July of this year against the state and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The attempt was carried out by a section within the Turkish Armed Forces, the Peace at Home Council. They attempted to seize control of several key places in Ankara, Istanbul and elsewhere, however failed to do so after forces loyal to the state defeated them.
Today, they protested here, in Nottingham’s Market Square, against the state and president to release the Kurdish prisoners.