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France: Two Kurds arrested in Bordeaux  26.5.2012  

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May 26, 2012

BORDEAUX, — French anti-terrorist police has once again raided Kurdish houses in Bordeaux. Two people have been taken into custody. On 22 May at 6am, police wearing balaclavas and heavily armed has detained two Kurds, F. E. and A. S., said the French-Kurd Association in Bordeaux. The motive of their arrest is unknown. ANF news agency reported.

In addition, seven other people including the president of the association and a correspondent for the Kurdish daily"Ozgur Politika" (based in Frankfurt) were summoned by the police.

If both Kurds are not released, an event will be held before the prefect of Bordeaux, officials said.

On 11 October 2011, the premises of the French-Kurdish association and several houses were raided in Bordeaux and seven people were arrested, three days after the anti-Kurdish agreement signed on October 7 between Paris and Ankara. Five of the seven people arrested had were indicted in Paris by an anti-terrorism judge, who ordered the detention of four of them.

On 31 January 2012 five Kurds were arrested during an operation in Ile-de-France.

The latest arrests follow the departure of Sarkozy who has been replaced by the socialist president Hollande. Obviously the anti-Kurdish cooperation between France and Turkey continues despite the change of president. The former French Minister of Foreign Affairs Alain Juppé declared to be "fully supportive" of the action of Turkey in the "dirty war" against the Kurds during his visit to Ankara, on 18 November.

The anti-Kurdish agreement was signed on October 7 between France and Turkey against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), during the visit of former French Interior Minister Claude Gueant to Ankara.

Turkey is now one of the most repressive countries in the world, and has become the biggest prison for journalists, as well as human rights defenders, students.

The Kurdish community asks the Socialist government to end this "dirty collaboration" with Turkey. In an open letter to candidates in the presidential election, the National Kurdistan Solidarity Coordination (CNSK) which includes Kurdish associations, the French Communist Party (PCF) and MRAP had requested cancellation of security cooperation agreements, signed with Turkey, and initiatives to promote a peaceful political settlement of the Kurdish question.

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 and 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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