The mayor of the Kurdish city of Diyarbakir was taken into custody. Thus, the Turkish government continues a collision course with the Kurds.
Since the coup attempt, thousands of people were arrested or dismissed from public service in Turkey. Dozens of newspapers, television and radio stations were closed and 24 cities governed by the Kurdish Democratic Party of Peoples (HDP) were subjected to forced administration by the central state.
The 55-year-old Kisanak is a symbol of the Kurdish movement in Turkey. She was co-chairman of the HDP predecessor party and was elected in 2014 with 55.1 percent of the vote.
The Kurdish-European society demands the immediate release of Gülten Kisanak and her party colleagues. The international community is called upon to put pressure on Erdogan. The peace negotiations between Kurds and Turks must be resumed.