Man recruiting people for outlawed PKK arrested

Police arrest recruiter of the outlawed PKK while recruiting five people in Semdinli district of Hakkari, Turkey’s southeastern-most province

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A member of the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) was arrested while recruiting five people - including a child - on Friday by the Semdinli District’s Gendarmerie Command team.

Hakkari’s governor issued a statement on Sunday saying that among the five people who were about to be taken by the PKK, was a thirteen-year-old girl.

The statement also reported that the recruiter was arrested and sent to the jail by the court.

Sanliurfa Governor Izzettin Kucuk announced on June 11 that the PKK recruited 3,000 children in the past six months in southeastern Turkey.

"As far as we know, the PKK aims to have at least one child from every household as a recruit in its ranks," he said, referring to intelligence sources.

According to a statement issued on June 14 by the Sirnak governorate in southeastern Turkey, a total of 747 members from the outlawed PKK have surrendered to the Turkish authorities between March 21, 2013 and June 13, 2015.

The PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as NATO and the EU.

A peace process was initiated in 2012 by the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) to resolve a 30-year-old armed conflict between the PKK and the Turkish government, which has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people and injured thousands more mainly in the country’s southeastern provinces.

Following the peace process initiatives, imprisoned PKK leader and founder Abdullah Ocalan made a call to withdraw all armed PKK members from Turkish lands and put an end to the armed conflict in a letter that was read out by members of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) at the 2013 Newroz celebrations, a festival that the Kurdish population of Turkey see as an important traditional event.

TRTWorld and agencies