of "The Irish News" often express
concern to what happens in Palestine. Another struggle
which bears many similarities with the Palestinian
is the plight of the 15 million Kurdish people, scattered
over Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq. Of particular concern
is the conflict taking place between the Turkish state
and the Maoist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Since
1984, it has claimed over 30 000 lives, mostly Kurdish
civilians killed by the Turkish army. Thousands of
villages have been destroyed, and more than two million
people have been displaced.
is very worrying to learn that this week the Turkish
parliament has approved to send over 10 000 troops
to Iraq to support the US army and to get rid of some
5000 PKK guerillas in the mountains of the far North
of Iraq. Thousands of Kurdish civilians are likely
to be killed, injured, tortured and imprisoned as
a result of this. Washington will turn a blind eye,
as this can be justified as being part of the global
"war against terror". The PKK is on the
US state department's list of terrorist organisations
along with the RIRA and FARC.
the PKK is hardly a threat to US and NATO interests.
It has renamed itself the Freedom and Democracy Congress
(Kadek). It has abandoned its Maoism and demand for
an independent Kurdish state. It demands instead "parity
of esteem" for Kurdish people within the countries
with a substantial Kurdish population. One of its
leaders, Osman Ocalan has stated "We want to
cooperate, not fight with the British and US forces"
(The Guardian, 8 October). Recently Kadek has
been forced to take up arms because of Turkey's failure
to establish all party talks now and inclusive negotiations
based on equality. Its most prominent leader, Abdulah
Ocalan is the Kurdish Gerry Adams.
media are likely to remain silent on the suffering
of the Kurdish people in the current War on Terror
frenzy. This is why it is imperative for all of us
to make the public aware of their plight.
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