January 3, 2012
Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — Activists in Kurdistan
Region are campaigning for a mass demonstration to
condemn a recent Turkish airstrike that
Kurdish villagers who were mistaken for rebels.
The calls for a demonstration came in an open debate
organized by Asoy Madaniyat, an NGO, on how to take
a stand regarding the killing of 40 Kurds in
Turkey’s Hakari province, just on the border of
Kurdistan Regional official expressed concern over
the attack but failed to condemn it clearly as they
condemned an attack by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)
guerillas on the Turkish forces two month ago that
killed about 26 Turkish soldiers setting off criticism
within the society.
Dec 31, 2011 - Protesters in Iraq's Kurdistan region
criticise Turkey after an airstrike kills 35 Kurdish
villagers. Sunita Rappai reports. By Reuters Video.
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“Though it is the first time that the Turkish state
apologizes for a crime against the Kurds… but this
does not mean that we be silent over such a big
crime” said Mohammed Baziyani, a political observer
in Kurdistan Region.
He criticized the “weak position” of the Kurds in
Iraq to what he believed to be “lack of a national
“The stand of the Kurdistan Regional Government and
officials across the political spectrum was not up
to expectations. We should hand a letter of protest
to the Turkish consulate in Kurdistan Region in
which the attack would be condemned.” Bazyani said.
Umed Khoshnaw, secretary of the Kurdistan Democratic
Youth Union (KDYU), however had a different view.
“The political parties in Kurdistan say big words in
the meetings, but they don’t contribute well when it
comes to action… therefore, we the best thing is to
stage a nationwide mass protest where the NGOs also
have remarkable presence”
Saleh Salahyi, an intellectual who participated in
the debate, said everybody in Kurdistan including
ordinary people and politicians as well had to play
their parts by taking to the streets to protest the
killing of civilian Kurds by the Turkish forces.
Turkish jets last night bombed a village, Ortasu, in
the Kurdish populated province of Sirnak, 1,174 km
south east of Ankara, killing nearly 35 people 13 of
whom are aged from 12 to 18. They were, reportedly,
working as smugglers.
The Turkish military first said it had launched the
strike after unmanned drones spotted suspected
rebels of the Kurdistan Workers' Party,www.ekurd.net the PKK, and
that there were no civilians in the area.
Turkey’s Recep Teyyip Erdogan has admitted it was a
mistake and apologized for the killing of civilian
Kurds on Friday. The apology however has failed to
calm the Kurds in Turkey and Iraq as well.
In November Turkey bombed the Sulaimaniyah and Erbil
provinces of Iraq's autonomous northern Kurdish
region, wounding a civilian, Kurdish officials said.
Since August 17, 2011 Turkish jets repeatedly carried out
air strikes against the Kurdish PKK separatist
group's bases in
Iraqi Kurdistan region,
under justification of chasing elements of the
anti-Ankara PKK, forcing large numbers of Kurdish
citizens of those areas to desert their home
villages, including an air raid that
Kurdish civilians in a village north
of Kurdistan’s Sulaimaniyah city on August 21, 2011.
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
But now its aim is the creation an autonomous
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
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
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.
Aknews part of this article written by Fryad Mohammed