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Kurdish academic detained by Turkish police in KCK probe  29.10.2011  
By ekurd.net staff writers







October 29, 2011

ISTANBUL, — Turkish Police have detained pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) member Professor Büşra Ersanli, along with nearly 70 party members, in an operation against the Kurdish Communities Union (KCK) in Istanbul on Friday, Hurriyet daily news reported.

Ersanli, a political science professor at Marmara University, is a member of the BDP party assembly and has a seat on the party's charter preparation commission, which is working toward drafting a new constitution. The BDP is primarily focused on the Kurdish issue.

BDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş reacted harshly to the detentions, asking for the immediate release of all detainees,   

Prof. Busra Ersanli (L) is seen with BDP deputy Ayla Akat Ata. Photo: AA
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.
including Ersanli, saying the detentions continued "on the prime minister's bidding."

"We want universal justice to act, not the government's justice," he said.

Demirtaş said an unconstitutional process was being carried out and it was "becoming impossible to discuss [a new] constitution."

"There will not be any staff left in the BDP to appoint to the Parliament's charter commission if the detentions continue," he said.

The KCK is accused of being the urban wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is itself listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey and much of the international community.

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 prison.

So called KCK-trial, Democratic Confederation of Kurdistan, 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 the outlawed separatist Kurdish (Kurdistan Workers' Party) PKK rebels.

The KCK investigation started in December 2009, and a large number of Kurdish politicians, including several mayors and officials from the pro-Kurdish BDP, have been detained in the case. The suspects are accused of various crimes, including membership in a outlawed PKK organization, aiding and abetting a "terrorist" organization. The BDP says the KCK investigation is the government’s method of suppressing its politicians, denying any links between the suspects and any outlawed organizations.

Since it was established in 1984, the PKK has been fighting the Turkish state, which still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds, to establish a Kurdish state in the south east of the country, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000 lives.

But now its aim is the creation an autonomous Kurdish region and more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds who constitute the greatest minority in Turkey, numbering more than 20 million. A large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.

PKK's demands included releasing PKK detainees, lifting the ban on education in Kurdish, paving the way for an autonomous democrat Kurdish system within Turkey, reducing pressure on the detained PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, stopping military action against the Kurdish party and recomposing the Turkish constitution.

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.

The PKK is considered as '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. 

Sources: hurriyetdailynews.com | AFP | BIA | Agencies
 

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