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 Turkey's pro-Kurdish DTP criticizes alleged mistreatment of Ocalan

 Source : Turkish Hurriyet | AFP | Agencies
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Turkey's pro-Kurdish DTP criticizes alleged mistreatment of Ocalan  22.10.2008





October 22, 2008

DIYARBAKIR, Kurdish Southeastern region of Turkey, — Turkey's pro-Kurdish Democratic People's Party (DTP) criticized the treatment of the imprisoned leader of the PKK in a statement made in the southeastern Kurdish province of Diyarbakir on Tuesday.

"The reason we are gathered here is the physical violence used against the Kurdish PKK leader,
www.ekurd.net Mr. Ocalan," said head of the party, Ahmet Turk, in a statement.

The statement claimed the treatment of Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned leader of the Turkey's outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), was unlawful and inhumane.

It also said it is necessary to send a delegation, including DTP members, to Imrali, where Ocalan is serving a life sentence.

Tensions rose in Turkey's Kurdish southeastern region after some deputies from the DTP claimed that Ocalan had been mistreated while imprisoned in Imrali jail.

The Turkish government has denied the allegations.

Mass demonstrations were held at the weekend across the country’s southeastern provinces including Hakkari, Diyarbakir, Batman, as well as Mersin.

On Monday shopkeepers in the region closed-up shops, a common form of non-violent protest in the region, as Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan arrived in region.

Turkey’s DTP says 1980 coup waged “cultural genocide” on Kurds

The military coup in 1980 conducted "political, social and cultural genocide" on Kurds and paved the way for the establishment of the Kurdish organization,
www.ekurd.net PKK, the leader of the pro-Kurdish party said on Tuesday.

The claims sparked huge protests in the mainly-Kurdish southeastern regions, leaving one person dead.

Turk said their aim is to resolve the Kurdish issue peacefully and criticized the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) policies for viewing the issue solely as a security problem.

"The Kurdish issue is a political problem and its solution is possible only by political means. The mentality of saying 'if I win the Kurdish regions in the elections, if I wipe out the DTP in the region, then I would eliminate this problem' shows how humiliating and disrespectfully Kurds are approached. We urge everybody to be careful and to withdraw from playing such dangerous games," Turk said,
www.ekurd.net referring to the AKP's aim to win the local elections in the strongholds of the pro-Kurdish party.

Turk also said it is necessary to send a delegation, including DTP members, to Imrali jail, where Ocalan has been imprisoned since 1999.

"The reason we are gathered here is the physical violence used against the PKK leader, Mr. Ocalan," said Turk, claiming the treatment of the imprisoned terrorist leader was unlawful and inhumane.

ONE DEAD, SEVERAL INJURED BY TURKISH POLICE              

The leader of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (Ahmet Turk)


PKK flags, Ocalan's photos at the demonstrations


Tear gas used by riot police to disperse Kurd protestors. Kurds angry at alleged abuses against jailed rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan have clashed with Turkish police.


Abdullah Ocalan, imprisoned Kurdish leader of the Turkey's Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), in his island prison of Imrali
One Kurdish protestor was killed Monday during a rally organized by the DTP after clashes erupted between Turkish police protestors in the Dogubeyazit district of Agri province.

The protestors shouted slogans in support of Ocalan and the PKK,
www.ekurd.net and attempted to stage a march, ignoring Turkish police orders to disperse. A large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.

Four people were injured Tuesday in southeastern Turkey when Kurds protesting the alleged abuse of jailed rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan (Apo) clashed with Turkish police for a fourth day.

Over 39,000 Turkish soldiers and Kurdish PKK guerrillas have been killed since 1984 when the Turkey's Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) took up arms for self-rule in the country's mainly Kurdish southeast of Turkey (Turkey-Kurdistan). A large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.

The PKK demanded Turkey's recognition of the Kurds' identity in its constitution and of their language as a native language along with Turkish in the country's Kurdish areas,
the party also demanded an end to ethnic discrimination in Turkish laws and constitution against Kurds, ranting them full political freedoms.

The PKK is considered a 'terrorist' organization by Ankara, U.S., the PKK continues to be on the blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which overturned a decision to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its political wing on the European Union's terror list.

Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish language and private Kurdish language courses with the prodding of the European Union,
but Kurdish politicians say the measures fall short of their expectations.

Copyright, respective author or news agency, hurriyet com.tr | AFP | Agencies

** Kurds are not recognized as an official minority in Turkey and are denied rights granted to other minority groups. Under EU pressure, Turkey recently granted Kurds limited rights for broadcasts and education in the Kurdish language, but critics say the measures do not go far enough.

The use of the term "Kurdistan" is vigorously rejected due to its alleged political implications by the Republic of Turkey, which does not recognize the existence of a "Turkish Kurdistan" Southeast Turkey.

Others estimate over 40 million Kurds live in Big Kurdistan (Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Iran, Armenia), which covers an area as big as France, about half of all Kurds which estimate to 20 million live in Turkey.

Turkey is home to 25 million ethnic Kurds, a large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK for a Kurdish homeland in the country's mainly Kurdish southeast of Turkey.

Before August 2002, the Turkish government placed severe restrictions on the use of Kurdish language, prohibiting the language in education and broadcast media. The Kurdish alphabet is still not recognized in Turkey, and use of the Kurdish letters X, W, Q which do not exist in the Turkish alphabet has led to judicial persecution in 2000 and 2003

The Kurdish flag flown officially in Iraqi Kurdistan but unofficially flown by Kurds in Armenia. The flag is banned in Iran, Syria, and Turkey where flying it is a criminal offence" 

Southeastern Turkey: North Kurdistan ( Kurdistan-Turkey) wikipedia    

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