Turkey's former Prime Minister, Suleyman Demirel, and 15 other prominent politicians have been taken into custody in the country's latest political clampdown.
GV PAN Supporters outside Demirel's house in Ankara, before his departure
SV Supporters TO SCU Demirel leaving his house, greeting well-wishers and getting into a waiting car (2 shots)
GVs Demirel and convoy of cars departing for Canakkale (2 shots)
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Background: Turkey's former Prime Minister, Suleyman Demirel, and 15 other prominent politicians have been taken into custody in the country's latest political clampdown. A large crowd of supporters cheered as Mr Demirel set off under police escort for the 550-kilometres (350 mile) journey from Ankara to Canakkale. Turkey's ruling generals have issued a decree that the politicians will be detained in the Dardanelles port until after the general elections, set for November 6. The decree has also abolished the Grand Turkey Party (GTP), one of the five new parties set up since a ban on politics was lifted in April. The clampdown, described as one of the toughest since the military seized power in September 1980, is aimed mainly at Mr Demirel's now defunct Justice Party, and those involved in the GTP. Turkey's leader, President Kenan Evren had earlier (June 1) defended the new measures, repeating a threat that the elections would be postponed "if it is deemed necessary".