On Monday, eight more mayors from Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish party (Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP)) were dismissed on suspicion of links with Kurdish militants and were replaced by government-appointed trustees.

The mayor of Batman city and fellow mayors from 4 districts in Diyarbakir province in southeastern Turkey were removed from their posts. Another three mayors were suspended from districts in the eastern and southeastern provinces of Bitlis, Igdir and Siirt. The mayors are all suspected of being members of an armed terror group, according to the ministry of interior.

The government has cracked down on the HDP, with a total of 40 mayors replaced since March 2019 local elections.