Turkey: Five members of Grup Yorum detained

19 January 2013

Turkish police arrested 85 people, including musicians, in raids against people suspected of links to an outlawed militant group, Turkish media reported. Five members of the popular folk-rock band Grup Yorum were detained.

Cihan Keskek, another member of the band, told this to Reuters by telephone from Germany. Cihan Keskek said he was working abroad on the band’s next album and that police had seized copies of recordings in the raid. He denied links between Grup Yorum, which describes itself as socialist, and the DHKP-C.

Radikal newspaper reported that those targeted in raids across seven cities were suspected of links to the leftist militant group the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C).



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