Thousands march against PKK terror attacks across Turkey

Thousands of Turkish citizens march in many provinces in protest against recent terror attacks of outlawed PKK that killed more than 60 security officers and civilians

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Citizens of nortern Samsun province march in protest against PKK terror attacks

Thousands of Turkish citizens marched on Sunday in many Turkish provinces in protest against recent terror attacks of PKK terrorists, and commemorated the soldiers killed in the attacks.

Shouting anti-PKK slogans cursing the militants, the protesters from Istanbul, southern Adana and Mersin provinces, northern Samsun province, western Bursa and Izmir provinces, and central Kirikkale province promised to not let the attacks go unpunished.

Immediately after Turkey’s general election on June 7, the Group of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK), the PKK’s umbrella organisation, issued a statement on July 11 declaring that its truce with the Turkish government has ended and threatened Turkey with further attacks.

Since July 11, 61 Turkish security officers and seven civilians have been killed in terror attacks. Only one soldier among the 61 was killed by ISIS while rest were killed by PKK terrorists.

Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) announced on July 31 that many Turkish citizens appealed army to be conscripted aiming to fight against the militants.

“The requests of our nation’s heroic and sensitive son were appreciated by the members of TAF and increased their motivation,” the TAF stated.

PKK is an armed militant group which has been carrying out terror attacks mostly in Turkey’s southeastern provinces since the early 1980s.

The group which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as the US and the EU, was founded by Abdullah Ocalan, who was captured in Kenya in 1999 and has been in prison since then.

More than 40,000 people have lost their lives during 30 years of armed conflict between PKK and Turkish state.

Co-chair of the KCK, Bese Hozat, declared on July 15 that a new stage of “revolutionary war” had begun.

Hozat said, “Hell must be raised and the earth must be shaken. Hundreds of thousands and millions shall rise and escalate the democracy struggle radically if needed, refusing to leave the squares for days, weeks.”

TRTWorld and agencies