Protests have broken out across Turkey as the government removes elected mayors from office in Kurdish-run municipalities over suspected links to militants. Nathan Frandino reports.
Police and protesters are facing off in Turkey, after the latest government crackdown. On Sunday, the government sacked two dozen mayors over suspected ties to militants, prompting protests throughout the region. President Tayyip Erdogan said their removal was a key part of the campaign against the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRESIDENT, TAYYIP ERDOGAN, SAYING: "This organization is being cornered even more everyday as people in the region have clearly developed an attitude towards them." In Hakkari province, police unfurled a large red Turkish flag, taking down the white local government flag that once flew there. Nihat Akhdogan of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party condemned the move. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) PRO-KURDISH PEOPLES' DEMOCRATIC PARTY (HDP) LAWMAKER, NIHAT AKDOGAN, SAYING: "It is not possible to accept this. The people will never approve this. We reject this appointment that has been inflicted on us." The mayors now join more than 100,000 others in Turkey who have been sacked, suspended or detained since the country's failed coup in July, and as Erdogan noted, they won't be the last.