Turkish police detain 95 Kurds on terror-related charges

AFP , Saturday 17 Sep 2011

Turkish security sources say police have detained 95 Kurds in southeastern Turkey as they are suspected to be politically affiliated with separatist Kurdish rebels

Turkish police have detained 95 Kurds in southeastern Turkey with suspected links to the separatist Kurdish rebels, security sources said Saturday.

The detainees included members of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) and elected officials from the assemblies of the southeastern province of Sirnak and the cities of Cizre and Semdinli, the sources said.

The police started to raid the homes of party offices on Friday night and the operation went on until Saturday morning, they added.

Groups demonstrating against the operations clashed with police in Cizre on Friday night, while the shops remained closed in the city on Saturday as a traditional way of protest in the mainly Kurdish southeast.

Currently, some 2,500 BDP members, including five parliamentarians, are already in jail with charges of alleged links to the urban wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

The PKK, listed as a terrorist group by Ankara and much of the international community, took up arms in Kurdish-majority southeast Turkey in 1984, sparking a conflict that has claimed about 45,000 lives.

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