7748 Kurds in Turkish custody - 3895
Arrested in 30 months in the scope of KCK operations
October 7, 2011
ISTANBUL, — 7748 people were taken into
custody and 3895 persons were arrested in the scope
of KCK operations during the past six months, the
pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party announced.
Dozens of BDP executives and employees are still in
Ten elected mayors, eight mayor assistants, two
deputy mayors, two former mayors, two provincial
general assembly presidents, four provincial general
assembly vice presidents and 29 municipality council
members are currently in prison in Turkey.
The Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) announced the
number of people taken into custody and being
arrested in the course of the so-called KCK
operations since April 2009.
On October 18, 2010 a Turkish court began the trial of
152 high profile Kurdish politicians and rights
defenders, accused of being the urban wing of
separatist Kurdish PKK rebels.
The Union of Kurdistan
Communities (KCK) intends to organize the Kurdish
people and also includes the armed outlawed
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
According to the announcement of the BDP, 7748 party
executives and employees were taken into custody and
3895 were arrested between 14 April 2009 and 6
1548 people in custody throughout the past six
Based on the figures published by the BDP, only
within the past six months, 4148 persons were taken
into police custody and 1548 people were arrested:
* 2 provincial general assembly presidents and 4
provincial general assembly vice presidents are
* 29 members of municipality councils are detained.
* 10 mayors are detained, 1 mayor is in police
* 8 mayor assistants, 2 deputy mayors and 2 former
mayors are detained.
* 30 people were arrested, among them 1 party
assembly member and 1 member of the central steering
board (MYK), in the scope of raids in Izmir on 23
Detentions and arrests during the past month:
* 47 persons, 3 of whom were mayors, were arrested
during searches in Şırnak on 22 September.
* 31 people were taken into custody in the course of
raids in Diyarbakir on 2/3 October including two MYK
members, one of them a general accountant, 1
co-chair deputy, 5 provincial steering board
members, 1 provincial chair assistant, 1 mayor
assistant, 1 municipality council member and 1
provincial general assembly member. The whole group
is still in custody.
* The Mayor of Derik is still in police custody.
* During operations started in Istanbul on 3
October, a total of 115 people were taken into
custody, among them 7 party assembly members, 14
district mayors, 13 provincial executives and 9
former provincial executives.
* 120 people were taken into custody in the course
of an intervention at a funeral in Mersin on 4
October. 54 of them are still in custody.
* 20 people who were taken into police custody on 1
October in Gaziantep were arrested on 4 October.
This group includes provincial co-chairs,www.ekurd.net
4 provincial executives, 1 party assembly member and
2 district mayors.
* A total of 11 people, among them mayor assistants
and district co-chairs, were arrested in Tatvan.
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