29 Kurds arrested in Turkey on PKK affiliation charges28/05/2012 22:50
ERBIL, May 28 (AKNews) – Turkish security forces have arrested 29 Kurds in the city of Urfa, south east of Turkey, on charges of working with the outlawed rebel group, Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
The arrest came in a dawn raid and search operation by the security forces on Monday in Urfa and a number of other districts and towns.
Among the arrested is Peace and Democracy Party (BDP)’s deputy mayor of Veran Sehir town. BDP is the largest Kurdish party in Turkey with about 36 seats in parliament, according to Turkish media sources.
BDP members frequently face arrest, detention and interrogation in Turkey on PKK affiliation charges.
PKK is a Kurdish rebel group that has been locked in an armed fighting with the Turkish state since 1984. The fight has claimed about 40,000 lives.
By Abdulkadir al-Wandawi