Turkish police have carried out an operation against the Patriotic Revolutionist Youth Movement (YDG-H), the youth wing of the outlawed PKK, detaining 41 suspects in the southeastern province of Sirnak and Silopi, a district of Sirnak.
The police said the detained suspects were preparing to undertake “unspecified activities” during elections which will take place on June 7. The police announced 25 suspects have been detained in Sirnak and 16 suspects in Silopi in simultaneous operations.
The police have reported that the suspects had participated in unauthorised demonstrations.
Turkish Gendarme has also detained one person during their controls on Silopi-Cizre highway, who is sought by the police for the crimes of “being a member of terrorist organisation PKK,” “deliberately setting fire,” “resistance to security services with an aim of preventing to function their duties.”
Turkish police carried out an operation against the YDG-H, detaining 11 suspects last weekend in the eastern province of Siirt.
The police said the detained suspects were preparing to undertake attacks ahead of elections.
The police also detained 19 suspects last Saturday in the Dogubeyazit district of Agri, which is located in eastern Turkey, after they received a notification about planned attacks by the YDG-H. A Turkish court arrested 14 of them following the detentions.
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 aimed at resolving the conflict and the PKK seemed responsive under the instructions of its leader, Ocalan.
Meanwhile, two members of the PKK have been surrendered to the 7th Border Regimental Commander of Turkish Land Forces Commands in the district of Yuksekova in Hakkari, according to the official website of the Turkey’s General Staff.