Kurdish PKK threatens to retaliate over
protester deaths in Turkey
December 15, 2013
Cemil Bayik, a deputy leader of the Kurdistan
Workers Party (PKK).
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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
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
"Ceasefire does not mean the silence of one side and
the military preparation and attack of the other
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
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
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
a decision to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and
its political wing on the European Union's terror
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