Kurdish Protest: 46 Automobiles Torched in Istanbul

A pro-PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) group set fire to 46 civilian automobiles in Istanbul in Turkey, Ajansa Nûçeyan a Firatê (ANF) has reported.

The group calling itself, Însiyatifa Ciwanên Apocî claimed the responsibility for the fires. The move comes almost one week before the 12th detention anniversary of the detained PKK leader, Abdullah Ocalan.

In a statement the group states the act was to condemn Ocalan’s arrest.

The leader of the militant organization was caught in Nairobi Feb.15,1999 and repatriated to Turkey. Currently, he is serving prison sentence in Îmralî Island in Turkey.

Since 1984, PKK has staged armed campaign against Turkey for the recognition of ethnic rights of roughly 20 million Kurds.

This is not the first time, cars are set on fire by pro-PKK groups.

Ergulan Toprak

February 6th 2011


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