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USA: US 'deeply concerned' over 'limits on freedom' in Turkey following HDP arrests01:18

USA: US 'deeply concerned' over 'limits on freedom' in Turkey following HDP arrests

United States, Washington DC
November 5, 2016 at 01:45 GMT +00:00 · Published

United States State Department spokesperson John Kirby expressed concern over recent arrests of pro-Kurdish opposition members of parliament in Turkey, during a press briefing in Washington DC, on Friday.

Kirby said "The United States is deeply concerned by the Turkish Government's detentions of opposition members of parliament, including the co-chairs of the HDP, and by government restrictions on internet access today."

Furthermore, Kirby went on to say that this continuing trend of "very stringent limits on freedom of expression, freedom of the press," as well as the shutting down of the internet, was "a worrisome trend."

Kirby's comments come following the detention of eleven MPs, including the HDP party co-leaders Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, for not bearing testimony following alleged terror connections. The move has drawn condemnation from several international leaders.

USA: US 'deeply concerned' over 'limits on freedom' in Turkey following HDP arrests01:18
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United States State Department spokesperson John Kirby expressed concern over recent arrests of pro-Kurdish opposition members of parliament in Turkey, during a press briefing in Washington DC, on Friday.

Kirby said "The United States is deeply concerned by the Turkish Government's detentions of opposition members of parliament, including the co-chairs of the HDP, and by government restrictions on internet access today."

Furthermore, Kirby went on to say that this continuing trend of "very stringent limits on freedom of expression, freedom of the press," as well as the shutting down of the internet, was "a worrisome trend."

Kirby's comments come following the detention of eleven MPs, including the HDP party co-leaders Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, for not bearing testimony following alleged terror connections. The move has drawn condemnation from several international leaders.