Police detained around 90 medical students in operations conducted against the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) on Wednesday in a number of provinces, including Ankara.
The operations were carried out by the Ankara Police Department’s Counterterrorism Unit. Twenty-six suspects who are from the medical students’ branch of the Turkish Doctors’ Union (TTB) were detained in Ankara. They were taken to the Ankara Police Department for interrogation.
The investigation into the KCK, which prosecutors say is a group that controls the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and other affiliated groups, started in December 2009 and a large number of suspected KCK members, including several mayors from the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), have been detained. The suspects are accused of various crimes, including membership in a terrorist organization, aiding and abetting a terrorist organization, and attempting to destroy the country’s unity and integrity. BDP officials say the investigation is the government’s way of suppressing BDP politicians, denying any links between the BDP suspects and terrorist organizations.