Turkey blocks Twitter, WhatsApp after detaining 11 pro-Kurdish leaders
Access to social media sites Twitter and Whatsapp was blocked in Turkey on Friday, an internet monitoring group said, following the detentions of 11 pro-Kurdish lawmakers in the mainly Kurdish southeast overnight.
Access was being blocked by throttling, an expert from the monitoring group Turkey Blocks said, a method of slowing certain websites to the point where they are unusable.
Also on Friday, a car bomb was believed to have caused an explosion that killed one person and wounded at least 30 others in Turkey’s southeastern city of Diyarbakir, according to NTV channel.
Several ambulances were dispatched to the scene of the blast, which occurred just hours after police detained the two co-leaders of the country’s main pro-Kurdish party Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and several other MPs in a major escalation of a broader crackdown against the minority group.
HDP co-chairs Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag as well as other prominent figures such as Sirri Sureyya Onder and Idris Baluken were among those detained, according to the ministry’s statement.
The armed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has waged a three-decade insurgency in Turkey’s southeast.
In the first case, a First Information Report was registered for fire and vandalism on the Jinnah Avenue, while a second FIR was launched for arson and damage to property in the Express Chowk area of the city. Both the FIRs were registered on the complaint of police officials, but the second case clearly named Imran Khan and senior PTI leaders Asad Umar, Imran Ismail, Raja Khurram Nawaz, Ali Amin Gandapur and Ali Nawaz Awan among others.
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