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Dutch police arrest 55 suspected PKK members in Zeeland

Monday 03 December 2012

Police have arrested 55 suspected members of the Kurdish separatist movement PKK who were holding a secret meeting in Zeeland province, the public prosecution department said on Monday.

The meeting was taking place at a holiday house complex in the village of Ellemeet, the department said. In total, 150 regular and riot police officers were involved in the operation, as was a surveillance helicopter.

The PKK has been included on the European list of terrorist organisations since 2002 and has been banned in the Netherlands since 2007.


The police had been tipped off about the meeting by the AIVD security service. The meeting began on Friday and may have been scheduled to last a complete week, the public prosecutor said.

Some 40,000 people have died in the 25-year conflict between the Turkish state and the PKK militant group.

The PKK, or Kurdistan Workers' Party, is waging a campaign in south-east Turkey for the establishment of a Kurdish state.

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According to media reports, it is not clear what the aim of the meeting was. In June a number of people with suspected PKK links were arrested on a campsite in Zevenaar.

In 2004, a camp on a farm in Noord-Brabant was broken up by police and around 30 suspected PKK members were arrested but the case against them eventually collapsed.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

PKK is a workers party aiming at the liberation of the kurdish people. We should, at some point, learn to distinguish between the fight of a people for self-determination and freedom, and the Hollywood inspired evil terrorist group that wants to take over the world.

By Savas Mavros | 3 December 2012 5:30 PM

In the 1970's and 1980's the USSR and the other communist countries in Europe used to arm and support PKK in order to destabilize the region, as Turkey is a country in NATO, the archenemy of the Warsaw pact. On a first place PKK is a marxist group, which would use all the tactics of a terrorist organization - money laundering, drug trafficking, terrorist acts, all under the cover of a "liberation movement".

I think EU should press Turkey and the other countries in the region to recognize and respect the rights of kurds there and to support and promote their civil organizations. Supporting PKK can only bring more destabilization in the region.

By George | 4 December 2012 4:40 PM

@Savas Mavros - maybe it is best if you start learning yourself. a group fighting for freedom should not kill civilians but pkk has a big history of killing women, babies and many innocent people. Some of them are even Kurdish ... So stop lying to yourself first! It is a terrorist group and I'm glad that it is recognized so as well in Europe.

By Sara | 4 December 2012 10:50 PM

"Police have arrested 55 suspected members of the Kurdish separatist movement PKK who were holding a secret meeting...." My wife and i always have secret meetings together. Will we be arrested for doing so? Arresting someone because they held a "secret meeting" is just another loss of democracy.

By Moshe | 5 December 2012 7:19 PM

Since Ottoman time Modern Turkey does everything to protect the minorities. There is no reason for PKK. All the Kurds in Turkey have all the human rights.

By Deniz Bilmen | 8 December 2012 1:22 PM

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