Posted by: hevallo | May 17, 2010

“I swear, if you continue these policies, the Kurdish people will not be content with just a guerilla struggle, but will turn life into hell,”

Members of a group including Peace and Democracy Party, or BDP, deputies were stopped by the gendarmerie Sunday on their way to participate in a “human shield” protest in Diyarbakır, the Anatolia news agency reported.

The pro-Kurdish party had decided to create a “human shield” in the southeastern city’s Lice district Monday to protest the increased operations by Turkish military personnel against members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

The group, including BDP leader Selahattin Demirtaş, deputies Bengi Yıldız and Ayla Akat Ata and Diyarbakır Mayor Osman Baydemir, went to Lice to take a symbolic walk in the rural area. They were stopped by security forces who told them their safety was not guaranteed in the area.

Gendarmerie forces said they would only allow the deputies in the group to pass.

The deputies, however, refused to enter the rural area without the rest of the group and said they would wait for a decision from the Governor’s Office on the matter.

BDP Bitlis deputy Nezir Karabaş meanwhile spoke in Diyarbakır on Saturday after a rally protesting the constitutional amendments approved by President Abdullah Gül last week. “I swear, if you continue these policies, the Kurdish people will not be content with just a guerilla struggle, but will turn life into hell,” Karabaş said.

“Today’s Kurds are not the old Kurds,” said BDP Diyarbakır provincial head Nijad Yaruk. “The days when we would kneel before the people we are trying make kneel before us are over.”

According to Yaruk, a solution to the Kurdish issue requires the cessation of operations by the Turkish military and the revealing of parties who allegedly want to trigger civil war.

BDP Siirt deputy Osman Özçelik said the military operations have increased with the coming of spring. “We will stop that and bring an honored peace. We don’t want your brotherhood,” Özçelik said.

Jailed PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan has allegedly told his lawyers that if officials do not meet him before May 31, he will fade from the scene, daily Milliyet reported Sunday. Öcalan said there might be attacks in the cities that could turn into massacres or rebellions.


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