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 Trending against Kurds in Turkey: "The best Kurd is a dead Kurd" sparks outrage on Twitter

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Trending against Kurds in Turkey: "The best Kurd is a dead Kurd" sparks outrage on Twitter  11.8.2012  







 
An anti-Kurdish hashtag trending online focused on the conflict between the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Turkish military. Photo: AFP
 
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[2] "En İyi Kürt Ölü Kürt" -- the best Kurd is a dead Kurd -- gained ground as a trending topic on Twitter, as these screenshots show.


[3] This tweet shows one user repeating the phrase over and over, a common tactic for increasing a topic's mentions to get it into the trends column shown above. 
August 11, 2012

"The best Kurd is a dead Kurd" sparks outrage on Twitter.

etizens were outraged to find "En İyi Kürt Ölü Kürt" -- the best Kurd is a dead Kurd -- trending on Twitter on August 9. Many said the phrase's online popularity reflected common sentiments in Turkey against Kurds. The Stream spoke to Kani Xulam of the American-Kurdish Information Network about why the phrase was trending.

Here are some highlights from around the web:

"En İyi Kürt Ölü Kürt" -- the best Kurd is a dead Kurd -- gained ground as a trending topic on Twitter, as these screenshots show [2].

The tweet screenshots [3] shows one user repeating the phrase over and over, a common tactic for increasing a topic's mentions to get it into the trends column shown on right.

Turkey which still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds, refuses to recognize its Kurdish population as a distinct minority. Kurds ask for more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds who constitute the greatest minority in Turkey,www.ekurd.net numbering more than 20 million. Kurds call for lifting the ban on education in Kurdish, paving the way for an autonomous democrat Kurdish system within Turkey. A large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.

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.

But now its aim is the creation an autonomous 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.

The PKK wants constitutional recognition for the Kurds, regional self-governance and Kurdish-language education in schools.

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.

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