Gendarmerie detains 13 in PKK supporter raids
The Bursa Provincial Gendarmerie Command detained 13 supporters of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in raids of locations belonging to organization supporters early on Thursday.

Some 400 gendarmes officers took part in the raids launched following violence in Bursa's Yavuzselim neighborhood on Nov. 5. PKK supporters held an illegal march to support a hunger strike by some 700 Kurdish prisoners across Turkey in more than 65 jails that was initiated about two months ago.

In the aftermath of the march the Bursa Police Department also conducted operations against the supporters, resulting in the detention of over 20 protestors, who were later referred to a local court.

The raids started in the early hours of Thursday at locations in the city's Değirmenönü neighborhood, targeting those who threw stones and Molotov cocktails during the protest.

The prisoners taking part in the hunger strike are demanding improvements in the prison conditions of Abdullah Öcalan, the leader of the PKK who is currently in prison on İmrali Island, as well as the right to receive an education in their mother tongue, Kurdish, and the right to address courts in Kurdish. Last week Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç made an open call to all prisoners to end the strike. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said last week that the hunger strike would not result in the release of Öcalan from prison.

(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CİHAN
Last Modified: 2012-11-08 20:00:01
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