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A protester is detained by police during a demonstration against the Turkish government's removal from office of three pro-Kurdish mayors on August 19, 2019, in Ankara. - The Turkish government removed three mayors from office on August 19 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 over alleged ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The interior ministry said they would be replaced by the centrally-appointed governors of their provinces.

(Photo by Adem ALTAN / AFP)