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 PKK threatens of militarily interference to protect Kurds in Syrian Kurdistan

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PKK threatens of militarily interference to protect Kurds in Syrian Kurdistan  30.10.2012  

Murat Karayilan is the acting commander of the Turkey Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and chairman of the executive council of the Kurdish Democratic Confederation (KCK).   See Related Articles 
October 30, 2012

QANDIL,— Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) threatened on Tuesday that it will "intervene" militarily to "protect" western Kurdistan, the Kurdish areas in Syria, on the background of military confrontations, between the Arab's Free Syrian Army and Kurds fighters in Aleppo.

According to a statement issued by the People Defense Forces HPG, (the military wing of the (PKK), said "the popular forces will intervene directly against parties and forces that are hostile to the Kurdish people."

The statement stressed that "all parties have to be well aware that we will provide the necessary military support to our people and we will abide by them in facing those against it."

Syrian rebels clashed with Kurdish militia in Aleppo on Friday, leaving 30 dead whole more than 200 were captured, the Observatory said.

Clashes among groups of fighters of the Free Syrian Army took place while trying to enter the Kurdish areas in Aleppo city; specifically the Ashrafieh and Sheikh Maqsood areas that paid the people there to get out in demonstrations to refuse the entry of those forces to their areas, But gunmen of the "Free Army" opened fire on the demonstrators, killed and injured dozens of casualties and arrested hundreds of them.

"Free Army" leadership considered that what happened was due to a "misunderstanding", but leaders of "PKK" considered it as intentional that dragged them into a confrontation with the forces of the Syrian regime.

The PKK has nearly 50 thousand trained fighters on fronts and streets war, as they are deployed within the Kurdish areas near the common border of Turkey with both Iraq and Syria.

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. By 2012, more than 45,000 people have since been killed.

But now its aim is the creation an autonomous region and more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds who constitute the greatest minority in Turkey.  A large Turkey's Kurdish community, numbering to 23 million, openly sympathise with 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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