Turkish accusations against the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK)

Prosecutors in the ongoing case against the alleged urban branch of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have accused the organization of secretly directing both a disbanded pro-Kurdish party and the one founded in its place, news agencies reported Monday.

 

Prosecutors read a summary of the indictment against the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), the PKK’s alleged urban wing, during Monday’s hearing at a court in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır.

 

The case has 104 defendants, including mayors elected from the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party, or BDP, and other party members.

 

Sabri Ok, the alleged head of the KCK, was accused of ordering the foundation of the BDP to replace the shuttered Democratic Society Party (DTP), and of deciding who would head the new party. He was also accused of checking to see whether the orders of the PKK’s convicted leader, Abdullah Öcalan, were being implemented or not. Sabri Ok further stands accused of directing the organization’s street protests in Southeast Anatolia.

 

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

 

The KCK also determined the candidates from southeastern Anatolian cities for the March 2009 local elections, the indictment said, adding that the families of PKK members who had died in the mountains or were in prison were given preference in the process.

 

The indictment also said the former deputy head of the DTP, Kamuran Yüksel, was continuously in touch with Sabri Ok. The document accuses Yüksel of organizing demonstrations, actions and gatherings in cooperation with the KCK.

 

October 25, 2010

ISTANBUL – Daily News with wires

 

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