Hundreds of Turkish nationalists stormed the office of a pro-Kurdish party in western Turkey, in new violence against Kurdish politicians ahead of March 30 local elections, state-run Anatolia news agency said today.
Abdullah Demirbas told his two sons that Turkey’s Kurds should claim their rights through politics, not war. One agreed, and is preparing to start compulsory service in Turkey’s army. The other didn’t, and fled to the mountains to join militants fighting against it.
Investor concern that peace talks between Turkey’s government and the Kurds risk failing will probably fade, helping to boost sentiment toward the nation’s assets, according to Odea Bank AS and Standard Bank Plc.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s crackdown on anti-government protests in western Turkey may make it harder for him to offer concessions to Kurds in the southeast, where he’s trying to end a three-decade war.
Imprisoned Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, leader Abdullah Ocalan plays basketball on Tuesdays and volleyball Fridays with other inmates, Haberturk newspaper says, citing Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin. * Ocalan chats with 5 other inmates for 5 hours a week: HT * Ocalan does not have access to TV or computer; can read newspapers, books: HT * Ergin revealed details about Ocalan’s prison conditions in response to opposition lawmaker Aytun Ciray: HT
Turkey’s war with Kurdish militants has entered its bloodiest phase in more than a decade, with attacks on soldiers and police almost every day and a breakdown in ties with neighbors that had helped to contain the threat.
More than 200,000 Syrian Kurdish refugees have moved into Iraqi Kurdistan. They have crossed an international border to be sure, yet it is, in the Kurdish world view, a passage from one part of their homeland to another. The Kurds disregard these frontiers, imposed on the Fertile Crescent almost a century ago by Anglo-French power.