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Kurdish opposition politicians face aggravated life terms

A protestor shows pictures of detained Turkish HDP politicians Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag at a demonstration against Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the political repression that followed July's failed military coup, in Cologne, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (AP Photo)

Verenia Keet
Press TV, Istanbul

The pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party or the HDP rose to prominence in Turkey in 2015 when it secured 10 percent of the vote in national elections for the first time. HDP’s co-leaders, Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag have since been accused of supporting the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, the PKK. Prosecutors are now seeking aggravated life imprisonment for the two.

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