The Saturday Mothers stage weekly protests demanding information and justice for missing loves ones. File photo: AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkish police arrested three ‘Peace Mothers’ and 11 officials from pro-Kurdish parties in raids early Friday morning.
Cemile Aydin, Hayat Izgi, and Behiye Yalcin are the three ‘Peace Mothers’ who were arrested, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) tweeted.
The ‘Peace Mothers,’ also known as the ‘Saturday Mothers,’ are a women’s civil rights movement that has been seeking peace between Kurds and Turks in Turkey for 20 years. Most of the mothers have lost children or family members in decades of conflict in the country. They stage weekly protests demanding information about their missing children.
The three women are in their 70s, according to Mezopotamya Agency.
The reason they were picked up is not known. Police have not yet confirmed their arrests.
Eleven officials within HDP and the Democratic Regions Party (DBP) were also arrested.
HDP called for their release “immediately.”
HDP is under a lot of pressure in Turkey – its former leaders are in jail and hundreds of members and supporters have been arrested.
The party, which is looking to perform well in municipal elections scheduled for March, vowed it “will not bow to pressure.”