Turkey to staff 10 thousand village guards in southeast

Turkish PM Davutoglu accepts wish of village guards to staff 10 thousand new personnel in Turkey’s southeast which faces terror attacks of outlawed PKK

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

PM Davutoglu speaks to members of Anatolia Village Guards and Families of Martyrs Confederation in Ankara

Updated Aug 27, 2015

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu ordered on Tuesday to staff 10 thousand new village guards in Turkey’s southeast in order to fight against PKK terror attacks following the request of Anatolia Village Guards and Families of Martyrs Confederation members.

Meeting with the members of the confederation in Turkish capital Ankara on Monday evening, Davutoglu spoke to the village guards saying “I know you are ready to make all kind of sacrifices. But the day will come and we will walk to the peace and democracy after defeating all these dangers shoulder to shoulder,” referring the recent attacks of outlawed PKK.

PKK is a militant group recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as US and EU. Since July 11, the militants killed more than 60 security officers and civilians in Turkey, mostly in the southeastern provinces, on the plea of launching a “revolutionist public war.”

The village guards also requested 500 TL (170$) increasing in the salaries and establishing a department for the guards in Ankara, according to the head of the confederation Ziya Sozen.

Village guards are armed men and women who are in command of local gendermarie forces and tasked in the Turkey’s southeast where the PKK mostly launches terror attacks.

Sozen said the number of the guards were approximately 63 thousand before the beginning of the Peace Process, however, the current number is 46 thousand.

At the end of 2012, the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) under the leadership of then prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a series of steps increasing the democratic rights and freedom of expression, under the name of “Peace Process.”

The process also included negotiation with PKK’s founder and jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan in order to end the three-decade-old war and to ensure peace in the region.

The peace, or truce, was broke by PKK’s umbrella organisation Group of Communities (KCK) on July 11 announcing a new “war process.” Since then, the government increased the precautions in the region to prevent the casualties and any damages on the public.

TRTWorld and agencies