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Turkey's Crackdown on Kurdish Rebels Includes Local Mayors

Eighteen mayors and nearly 50 locally elected representatives of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party are being prosecuted in Turkey.  Earlier this month, for example, the mayor of Van was sentenced to 15 years in jail on charges of being a member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party.  The prosecutions and severity of the charges are unprecedented, says senior Turkey researcher Emma Sinclair Webb of the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch. "It is the most...

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