Turkey’s Kurds demand Öcalan’s release


PKK supports hold rally, demand Turkey to release Öcalan after 16 years of imprisonment. File photo

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – Subsequent to a protest on the anniversary of the arrest of Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), clashes broke out between Kurdish citizens and members of the Turkish police in the town Nusaybin of Mardin province, in southeastern Turkey, near the Syrian city of Qamishli (Qamishlo), local sources reported on Sunday. 

Speaking to ARA News in Nusaybin, Mohammed Hussein said that the Kurdsh residents of Nusaybin took to the street to revive the 16th anniversary of Öcalan’s imprisonment, condemning his arrest by the Turkish authorities.

Öcalan is held on Imrali Island of Marmara province. 

“The clashes erupted after the protestors stoned the security forces who tried to disperse them with tear gas,” the source said. 

Hussein added that protests swept Turkey’s Kurdistan (Turkish areas where Kurds constitute majority), as rallies and demonstrations took place in the cities of Diyarbakir, Batman, Qizil Tepe, Mardin, Cizre Botan, Sharnakh, and Midyat. 

The protestors condemned what they described “the international conspiracy against the PKK’s leader”, demanding his release to facilitate the peace process between the Turkish government and the Kurdish parties in Turkey.

Noteworthy, the Kurdish cities in Turkey experience annual demonstrations by supporters of the PKK and its leader Abdullah Öcalan to demand his release, but those demands do not resonate with the Turkish government.


Reporting by: Dilshad Muhammad

Source: ARA News

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