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 Turkish prosecutors launch investigation into Kurdish DTP party leader

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Turkish prosecutors launch investigation into Kurdish DTP party leader  23.10.2008





October 23, 2008

ANKARA, Turkey, Turkish prosecutors on Wednesday launched an investigation into a speech made by the leader of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) in which he attacked the government's policy regarding the Kurdish issue,
www.ekurd.net the Anadolu news agency reported. "The policy of denial, assimilation and eradication has affected people. Only the Kurds resisted. They still resist," DTP leader Ahmet Turk told supporters in the south-eastern main Kurdish city of Diyarbakir.

The speech came after days of protests in south-eastern cities where Kurds angry at reports that Turkey's Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan had been mistreated in prison have held running battles with police.

Hundreds of Kurds have been arrested after clashes in various towns in the pre-dominantly Kurdish-populated south-east (Turkey Kurdistan).

Turkish authorities have denied that Ocalan,
www.ekurd.net the sole inmate of a prison on the Marmara Sea island of Imrali, has suffered any mistreatment, but have resisted calls from Kurdish leaders such as Turk for an independent group to visit the PKK leader.             

Ahmet Turk, the leader of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party DTP in Turkey.
In his speech on Tuesday, Turk said that since the military coup of 1980, the Kurds had suffered a "cultural and societal genocide."

The DTP leader also referred to Ocalan with the title "honourable," a term that prosecutors have cited in the past to justify charges of "spreading terrorist propaganda."

PKK founder Ocalan was arrested in 1999 and is serving a life sentence after being found guilty of treason.

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.

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** 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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