Kurdistan Workers' Party

Kurdish problem at Turkish flag test

After a peaceful period of nearly two years following the Turkish government’s initiative to pursue a political solution to the chronic Kurdish problem, the tension has disproportionately increased in the last two weeks, reaching its top, when a Kurdish militant jumped into the garden of a major Air Force base in Diyarbakır despite warning shots, climbed the mast, pulled down the flag and ra

Families start hunger strike in Diyarbakır for return of children who joined PKK

A group of families in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır have started a hunger strike to demand the return of their children who joined the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The families were holding a sit-in protest in front of the Diyarbakır Municipality amid demands that the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) mediate for the release of their children.

Kurdish protesters killed during security post protests buried during tense funeral

Clashes erupted between the crowd and police June 8 during the funeral procession of one of the two Kurdish demonstrators killed by security forces during a raid on a roadblock in Diyarbakır’s Lice district, showing the dramatic escalation of tension in Turkey’s southeastern provinces.

CHP leader asks for Kurdish parties’ support in presidential elections

Turkey’s main opposition leader has called on the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) and its sister party, The Peoples’ Democracy Party (HDP), to provide support in the presidential elections against the ruling party candidate, marking a first concrete appeal to reach out to Kurdish voters.

Two killed during protests against security post as tension escalates in southeast Turkey

At least two protesters died June 7 from gunshot wounds sustained during intense clashes with soldiers in Diyarbakır’s Lice district, where demonstrations against the construction of a gendarmerie posts have been continuing for nearly two weeks.

Turkish government plans legal steps in Kurdish peace bid

The southeast may seem to be a powder keg, but the government is intent on taking critical steps on the peace process, the deputy PM says The Turkish government is prepared to take a “courageous step” in the Kurdish peace process, including passing legal amendments for a new roadmap, Deputy PM Beşir Atalay told a workshop on the peace process held in Diyarbakır on June 6.