Early on Monday, in an anti-terror raid, 23 Erzincan University students were arrested by the anti-terror branch of the special police for links to a terrorist organisation and making propaganda on behalf of a terrorist organisation.
Acting on a tip police detained the newly registered students, four of them women, for their relationship with the Patriotic Democratic Youth Council (Yurtsever Demokratik Gençlik Meclisi), a student group at the university with alleged ties to the PKK.
During the raid, student residences were searched and documents were seized. The students were taken by bus to the 2nd High Criminal Court in Erzurum.
Erzincan is located approximately 210 miles (340 kms) north of Diyarbakir.