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 Turkey detains 41 people in operation against KCK, PKK’s urban arm

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Turkey detains 41 people in operation against KCK, PKK’s urban arm  4.2.2012  
By ekurd.net staff writers








The KCK-trial began on October 18, 2010 when 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 PKK rebels. Photo: ANF.  
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New wave of arrests in Turkey

February 4, 2012


DIYARBAKIR, The Kurdish region of Turkey, — More than 40 people have been taken into custody on Saturday as a result of house raids carried out within the scope of so-called KCK operations. KCK (Kurdistan Communities Union) the alleged urban wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The Turkish police has targeted on Saturday BDP members, civil society organizations, Kurdish media and leftist opponents.

Authorities started raids at 5:30 a.m. in seven cities, targeting illegal activities and public violence in the Kurdish city of Batman [northern Kurdistan], the southeastern province’s governorship said in a statement on its website. The Batman offices of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party, or BDP, and Dicle news agency were searched during today’s operation, according to state-run Anatolia news agency.

ANF news agency reported that the Batman centered operations were carried out at many addresses in seven cities within the scope of Batman Public Prosecutor’s investigation and the authority given by Diyarbakir Special Authorized Public Prosecutor. Among the raided addresses in Batman are BDP provincial and district buildings,www.ekurd.net offices of Azadiya Welat paper, Eğitim Sen, MEYADER, Association of Religious Scholars, Bahar Cultural Center and a number of houses. While lawyers and institutions authorities weren’t provided information on the grounds of confidential investigation, the operation by plainclothes policemen and action force teams is reported to continue in the city. Detainees are accused of “being members to KCK City Council and performing activities”.

The simultaneous operations in seven cities have once again targeted members of Kurdish media. While Batman DIHA reporter Gülsen Aslan has also been taken into custody, Azadiya Welat worker Şafak Çelenk was detained in Bursa and taken to Batman.

In a statement about the operations, Batman Governorship remarked that 41 people were taken into custody for allegedly “organizing violence acts, establishing neighborhood and city committees, joining organizational meetings and illegal demonstrations and forcing shopkeepers to close their shops through pressure and threat.”

While BDP members were also targeted by the operations in other cities, houses of ESP (Socialist Party of the Oppressed) members were raided in İzmir where police also detained a worker of Fırat Distribution.

Within the scope of so-called KCK operations, hundreds of people have been taken into custody in the last one week as a result of AKP regime’s unprecedented detention rush. At least 567 people were detained by police from 10 December 2011 to 3 January 2012. Among the detainees, including mayors, students, children, human rights activists and union members, over 350 were remanded in custody and sent to prison.

Turkey detained thousands of journalists and politicians as part of an investigation into the Union of Communities in Kurdistan, or KCK. The government says KCK is the the urban arm of the PKK.

BDP lawmakers say the probe is a crackdown on the Kurdish political movement.

Meanwhile members from the Swedish Parliament nominate on Saturday imprisoned Turkish publisher and human rights defender Ragıp Zarakolu who is in jail for KCK links for the Nobel Peace.

The KCK-trial began on October 18, 2010 when a Turkish court began the trial of 152 high profile Kurdish politicians and rights defenders,www.ekurd.net accused of being the urban wing of the outlawed separatist Kurdish (Kurdistan Workers' Party) PKK rebels.

Over 7748 people were taken into custody and 3895 persons were arrested in the scope of KCK operations during the past nine months, the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party announced. Dozens of BDP executives and employees are still in prison.

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: bloomberg.com | firatnewws.com | AFP | ekurd.net | Agencies

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