Ten members of PKK-linked group detained in Ankara

Ten members of PKK-linked youth group detained after being accused of disrupting university classes and preventing students from taking exams in Turkey’s capital Ankara

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Ankara Police Anti-Terror Department teams have detained 10 members of the Patriotic Revolutionist Youth Movement (YDG-H), linked to the outlawed PKK, in an Ankara-based joint operation organised in five different Turkish provinces on Wednesday.

The operation was carried out in Turkey’s capital Ankara, southern province of Hatay, southeastern province of Diyarbakir and eastern provinces of Bitlis and Hakkari, police said.

According to police, one out of the 10 suspects was arrested in Hatay, while the other nine were taken into custody in Ankara.

The operation following reports that a group disrupted teaching and barred students from taking exams at Ankara University's Department of Educational Sciences.

A total of 16 individuals were identified through the testimony of students who were directly exposed to group’s illegal acts.

Some of those who were detained are thought to have connections with the YDG-H, also engaged in PKK propaganda at the university, and to have taken part in street protests at various times.

The suspects were brought to Ankara police department, while a search continues for six others who remain at large.

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.

TRTWorld and agencies