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 Kurdish PKK threatens to retaliate over protester deaths in Turkey

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Kurdish PKK threatens to retaliate over protester deaths in Turkey  15.12.2013  


 


Cemil Bayik, a deputy leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Photo: ANF
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December 15, 2013

QANDIL MOUNTAINS,— Kurdish rebels on Sunday warned of retaliation over the deaths of three Kurdish protesters shot by Turkish police, heightening tensions in the fragile peace process between Ankara and the outlawed PKK group.

"The government should know that these attacks and killings eliminate the non-conflict environment and give guerrilla forces the right to reprisal," the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) said in a statement carried by Kurdish news agency Firat.

Two Kurdish protesters were killed last Friday in clashes with police in the Yuksekova district of the Kurdish region in southeastern Turkey [Turkish Kurdistan]. The unrest was sparked by claims that Kurdish rebel cemeteries had been destroyed, an allegation denied by Turkish authorities.

A third Kurdish protester, who was seriously wounded during the clashes, died of his injuries in hospital on Wednesday, medics said.

PKK in a statement to Firat news quoted “The Turkish state's attitude has already violated the ceasefire process since the very beginning. It is only those intending to start a war who would tend to such works in such a period. This reality gives guerrilla forces the right to carry out actions against the construction of military posts, dams, roads and airports”,www.ekurd.net PKK underlined and noted that guerrilla forces have the right to reprisal in the event of attack and murder of civilians. “Ceasefire doesn't means the silence of one side and the military preparation and attack of the other side”, PKK added.
 
 

The violence led to demonstrations in several towns as well as Turkey's biggest city Istanbul.

Around a dozen people, including four policemen, were injured in the Kurdish-majority city of Diyarbakir alone, and at least 22 protesters were arrested, according to press reports.

Four Turkish soldiers were briefly kidnapped last weekend in a rural area near Diyarbakir by Kurdish rebels and freed on Monday after intervention by lawmakers from the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), a local security source said.

The latest incidents come after months of calm between the Turkish state and the PKK, which declared a truce in March following clandestine negotiations between PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan and the country's spy agency.

The process stalled after Kurdish rebels announced in September they were suspending their retreat from Turkish soil, accusing the government of failing to deliver on promised reforms.

"The Turkish state's attitude has already violated the ceasefire process since the very beginning. It is only those intending to start a war who would resort to such actions in such a period," the statement said.

"Ceasefire does not mean the silence of one side and the military preparation and attack of the other side."

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 2013 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 make up around 22.5 million of the country's 75-million population, its goal to political autonomy. A large Turkey's Kurdish community 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 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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