Belgium: Kurdish ROJ TV employee says "It
looked like a terrorist attack" 12.3.2010
BRUSSELS, — Kurds are very angry of
against Kurdish organizations like ROJ TV, Kurdish
National Congress (KNK) and the Peace and Democracy
Party (BDP) in Belgium.
On 4 March, masked policemen raided the headquarters
of the Kurdish TV-station ROJ TV and other Kurdish
organizations. 22 were arrested, but still 8 of them
are detained. One of the senior employees of ROJ TV
told Rudaw that 'it looked like a terrorist attack'.
Amad Dijleh, ROJ TV managed told Rudaw that he has
no doubt the recent successive attacks on them;
particularly the one of ROJ TV, came after Turkish-
US cooperation against them.
Belgian police raid offices of PKK-linked TV
Tahir Kamalizada, president of Kurdish National
Conference (KNK) claimed that these attacks are
organized ahead. “A committee from US parliament
recognized Turkish crimes against Armenians on 1915
as genocide which made Turkish very angry. US wanted
to do some thing for Turkey in return of that,”
Amad Dijleh expressed his surprise of the police
raid on ROJ TV. “They broke many equipments and
cables. They cause us around one million euro in
losses,” said Dijleh. Dijleh talked about the fact
they ROJ TV is broadcasting its programs and shows
officially for many years from Belgium, they had to
investigate of our work through law. He stated that
they will ask for compensation through court.
“Two years ago they tried to occupy northern
Kurdistan but they failed, they banned DTP and
arrested their members in Turkey. They want to
destroy us in Europe now,” said Zana Azadi, a
journalist from ROJ TV.
In a press conference Belgian federal prosecutor
stated that there were some Turkish origins among
policemen who participated in the attack. But
according to Amad Dijleh those policemen were not
only Turkish originally, but they were belonging to
Turkey. “Because they had masks on their faces and
insulted our friends in Turkish language,” he said.
In a press conference Turkish foreign minister
Davutoglu expressed his happiness about the police
operations against ROJ TV, but didn’t confirm
participation of the Turkish police.
In an exclusive statement for Rudaw, a Belgian
federal prosecutor refused participation of any
Turkish police in the attack on ROJ TV. “This is
entirely a Belgian case and no other countries are
involved in it,” said Belgian federal prosecutor.
This operation of Belgium,www.ekurd.netcoincides
with other police operations in France and Italy
against the PKK. The Belgian federal prosecutor
confirmed that. "This is a security process called (EUROJUST),
in which all the European countries agreed to
cooperate and supervise all these operations”. He
also mentioned that they have worked and
investigated on this issue since three years ago,
and this is not only against PKK.
Belgian federal prosecutor told Rudaw that these
police operations happened because of three reasons:
"One, because many of Kurdish organizations in
Belgium and some other countries are pushing Kurds
to work for the PKK, secondly these establishments
are taking money from people to help the PKK. And
third, they are sending some secret messages to PKK
members through Mesopotamia radio".
The aim was not ROJ TV
Belgian federal prosecutor told Rudaw that the main
aim was not ROJ TV, “but we had received some
information that some secret messages will be send
to PKK members about Turkish army bases through
Mesopotamia”. But president of KNK, Kamalizadah,
denied this. “Why they have taken computers and
other equipments of ROJ TV? And most of the people
who are arrested, were employees of ROJ TV?"
Belgian federal prosecutor mentioned that only two
of Turkish origin policemen had participated in the
police raid. He believes that there was not any
reason preventing these two Turkish police in their
participation in operation. “Because they are
Belgian citizens”. He said it was also because there
was not a good preparation for the attack.
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