More than a dozen HDP lawmakers have been jailed, mostly due to alleged links with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency against Turkey for more than three decades. The HDP denies direct ties to the PKK, which is considered a terrorist organization by the United States, Turkey and the European Union.
Turkish authorities arrested the co-leaders of the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) on Friday on terrorism-related charges as the post-coup crackdown in the country continues. Ten other HDP lawmakers were also detained although some were later released, while access to social media and some websites were blocked following the detentions, according to an internet monitoring group. Friday's arrests came as nine people were killed and nearly 100 others wounded in a car bomb attack in Turkey's southeast. ANALYSIS: How could failed coup affect Kurdish peace process? Turkey Blocks - a monitoring group that provides a live feed of internet shutdown incidents in the country - said Facebook, Twitter and YouTube were all "blocked by throttling", a method of slowing certain websites to the point where they are unusable.