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Arrested Kurds were holding legal meeting, says Kurdish body

Tuesday 04 December 2012

The 55 Kurds arrested as suspected members of the PKK rebel group on Monday were holding a legal meeting, the Dutch Kurdish Federation said on Tuesday.

The meeting was 'a cultural gathering which was announced and completely legal,' the federation said in a statement.

On Monday, some 150 police officers were involved in a raid on a holiday park in Zeeland province, where 55 suspected members of the separatist organisation were arrested.

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'It would appear simply being a Kurd is enough to get you picked up,' the spokesman is quoted as saying. He called on the Dutch government not to be used by the Turkish authorities.

The 55 people arrested on Monday are still in custody.

The PKK is on the EU's official list of terrorist organisations and has been illegal in the Netherlands since 2007.

© DutchNews.nl



 

Readers' Comments

PKK is a very bloody terrorist organisation. Therefore, I am thankful that Dutch government is taking the correct step to route them out. PKK are a tool for drugs and weapons trade and negative influence on civil societies of the world

By Concerned Citizen | 4 December 2012 7:00 PM

After reading the Kurdish history.I really admire the kurdish people.Bad luck with Kurds.Everyone betrayed them and they are without own homeland.Turk says Kurds are Turks.Arabs says they are Arabs.Same with Iranians and Syrians and atlast Britian betrayed them and cut their land among Arabs,Persians,Turks etc so they will never live in Peace.Famous proverb:There is no friends for Kurds except mountains.Saluut from an Indian

By Parvez Akhter | 4 December 2012 9:56 PM

Anyone re,eber whane the Kurds were the heroes of the first Gulf was..operation desert the kurds?

By jason buttle | 5 December 2012 8:16 AM

In Turkey 8000 Kurdish politicians are in the prison including 6 MP and 32 mayor. Kurds dont have even basic human rights like getting education in their own language etc. They are fighting for their rights. Think twice before labelling the people as a terrorist. If you(Turkish state) burn and empty the villages, torture people, rape their relatives, friends, discriminate the ones live in Turkish metropols, you dont give any chance more than being a "terrorist"!

By Sam | 5 December 2012 12:26 PM

The dilemma with the Kurdish people is that, they have to claim they are treated unfair in order to immigrate to EU at the first place. There are also a lot of generals from Turkish army imprisoned currently, which also is a very controversial topic. There are a lot of Kurdish origin-ed individuals in very important governmental roles, and that always has been so - Turkey even had a Prime minister and President who had a Kurdish ethnicity. Yes there are a lot of problems, and yes there is a lot to improve, but > story is far from reality.

PKK and Kurdish are not the same thing!

By Gorki | 5 December 2012 2:40 PM

Well some say PKK is a terrorist group, others say they are freedom fighters wanting a country of their own. I think the second...and it is very hypocritic from EU or even the Dutch government of what they did. Instead I wonder for example how EU accession talks for Turkey continue when they have been so many violations in Human rights (white cells) when it comes to kurdish and other ''political'' prisoners.
P.S. If Turkey is so democratic why dont they do an unbiased referendum in the east of the country to give autonomy to kurdistan at least?

By kos | 5 December 2012 3:23 PM

raping relatives? Moderator of this website should be careful with this insulting comments. I lived in Turkey for 28 years and haven't seen/heard anyone raping another because of his/her ethnicity. Turks and Kurds are living peacefully. It's some other beings who create artificial conflicts in order to bring chaos to the land (like you and PKK).
I had and still have many Kurdish friends.

By albert | 5 December 2012 3:29 PM

I just wrote the facts, and just googled http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=102x158824 this is just an example, if you check the Human Right Org. pages you can find many examples. In Europe, we used to hear other's voices, please respect and dont accuse people for being insulting..I lived in Turkey as well and because of my parents jobs, I encountered many things, met with many Kurdish people. As many Kurds in Turkey said: "we could be everything in Turkey even a president but never be a Kurd". This a serious issue and have many aspects. Try to generate better arguments than "having Kurdish friends", try to understand what Kurd wants and respect their demands.

By Sam | 5 December 2012 6:52 PM

Sub-national identities are problematic, and assimilation is the way to go, even for the Kurds. That being said, assimilation is not successfully promoted with physical violence, but with policies and a cultural mindset aimed to slowly dissolve by things like education, internal unforced migration etc., sub-national cultures whose existence is problematic for national unity.

By A.L. | 6 December 2012 1:47 PM

Either I do not understand what "A.L." is writing, or it is completely preposterous. I am of the opinion that diversity is desirable and in fact necessary for a country to be liveable. Sub-national cultures only cause problems in countries with non-democratic tendencies.

By random expat | 6 December 2012 11:37 PM

Facts? So you say that 8K Kurdish politicians are in prison? What's your source for that information? A global, trusted news agency (like CNN, BBC, Reuters etc) or a PKK supporter website? What about that raping news? I checked the link and it's a forum where anyone can post. Your arguments are really poweful, hehe. Everyone here is smart enough to know that not all information on WWW is correct. Your comments are completely biased and definitely not facts.

By albert | 7 December 2012 6:17 PM

I'm Turkish and I have respect for Kurds. Things that they demand have already been happening for sometime, but don’t expect everything to happen immediately. These things need time. Kurds have a party in the parliament. There is Kurdish TV aired daily. Lots of other developments. But splitting up the country is another thing. If you really feel sorry for PKK, go give your own land to them

By Albert | 7 December 2012 6:17 PM

@random expat: I'm post-racial, post-diversity. I care about people as individuals, not as groups. I don't see "ethnic diversity" as neither a "bonus" nor an "evil". It is just a fact that brings certain implications to be dealt with.

By A.L. | 7 December 2012 7:09 PM

@Sam,

Surely 8000 Kurdish politicians cannot possibly be in prison. That can only mean that in Turkey the Kurds have been infinitely free to have that many politicians!! Your information, or your source of information clearly are not real. Kurds in Turkey does not need false information to make their point to become more safe, healthy and prosperous. They need sincere and honest representation to become citizen of Turkey as they have always deserved.

By Bertan Atalay | 7 December 2012 10:29 PM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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