Police detain 11 allegedly tied to PKK’s youth arm

Turkish police detain 11 suspects in eastern province of Siirt allegedly tied to PKK’s youth wing YDG-H

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkish police have carried out an operation against the Patriotic Revolutionist Youth Movement (YDG-H), the youth wing of the outlawed PKK, detaining 11 suspects in the eastern province of Siirt.

The police said the detained suspects were preparing to undertake attacks.

This comes a week after 19 suspects were detained in the Dogubeyazit district of Agri, which is located in eastern Turkey, after police received a notification about planned attacks by the YDG-H. 

Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its southeastern regions by the PKK, which was founded in 1974 by Abdullah Ocalan - the currently imprisoned leader of the militant organisation - and his supporters.

Armed clashes and acts of violence have continued on and off for more than 30 years, and claimed more than 40,000 lives.

The YDG-H emerged in early 2013 in mostly Kurdish populated cities following the announcement of Turkey’s peace initiative called the “Resolution Process.”

In the beginning of 2013, Turkey announced a peace initiative following its previous “Democratic Initiative,” and the PKK seemed responsive under the instructions of its leader, Abdullah Ocalan.

On Friday, two members of the conservative Kurdish Free Cause Party (Huda-Par) were killed in Turkey’s southeastern province of Sirnak by a pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) member over election brawl, and six others were injured.

According to witnesses an altercation broke out when HDP members came to the Kozluca village in Sirnak to hang party flags, which Huda-Par members opposed.

During the fight, a HDP member said to have pulled out a gun and opened fire, critically injuring Muhammed Serif Simsek, 34, and Abdulcelil Talayhan, 38, who died later at a hospital in the neighbouring Mardin province.

The conditions of the other six injured people are still unknown, and two suspects were detained after the incident.

The HDP is regarded as being left-wing, secularist and close to the PKK while the Huda-Par is more on the conservative end. 

HDP leader Selahattin Demirtas responded to the incident by saying that he is sorry and hopes the involvement of HDP member is not accurate.

“Whatever happened there is a great sorrow. May God rest their souls. I invite our people to be careful and be sensitive. Political seats are not more valuable than human life,” he added.

However, the bloody events of Oct. 6-7 of last year in Turkey took place after Demirtas called the party’s supporters to the streets to rally in support of the northern Syrian city Kobane which was besieged by ISIS.

The protests triggered attacks on Huda-Par supporters by the PKK affiliate which is blamed for the deaths of more than 40 people.

The HDP is taking part in general elections for the first time under its own banner, while the Huda-Par puts its candidates in for elections as independents.

TRTWorld and agencies