The removed mayor of Mardin, Ahmet Turk (C), looks over during a foreign media press conference with the removed mayor of Diyarbakir, Adnan Selcuk Mizrakli (L) on August 29, 2019, in Istanbul. The Turkish government removed three pro-Kurdish mayors from office over alleged links to Kurdish militants as Ankara deepened its crackdown on the opposition.  The mayors of Diyarbakir, Mardin and Van provinces in eastern Turkey -- all members of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) elected in March -- were suspended on August 19,  over alleged ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). / AFP / BULENT KILIC
Sacked Turkish mayors Adnan Selcuk Mizrakli, left, Ahmet Turk, centre, and Bedia Ozgokce Ertan address reporters in Istanbul on August 29, 2019. AFP

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