Brussels cancels PKK sympathizers event

So-called ‘Kurdish Culture Week’ event organized by opposition HDP was scheduled to be held on Sept.23

Brussels cancels PKK sympathizers event

World Bulletin / News Desk

Brussels municipality has cancelled an event organized by sympathizers of the extremist PKK group in the Belgian capital and EU headquarters.

Brussels Mayor Yvan Mayeur on Sept. 15 said the event, the so-called “Kurdish Culture Week”, was cancelled, without giving any further details, although the event organizers had previously received permission.

The third edition of the event was scheduled to be held on Sept. 23.

It was organized by Turkey’s opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) and some associations known for their affiliation with the PKK, which is listed as a extremist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and EU.

The PKK resumed its decades-old armed campaign in July last year.

Since then, more than 600 security personnel and many civilians including women and children have been martyred and more than 7,000 PKK extremists killed.

Turkey has repeatedly criticized events held by PKK sympathizers as serving to promote extremism.

In March -- prior to the Brussels attacks that killed 32 people -- the Belgian government allowed PKK supporters to pitch tents near the EU Council building amid a Turkey-EU summit.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu criticized Belgium for showing double standards in tolerating extremist groups, saying they should be treated in the same way as ISIL.

In July, a senior Turkish presidential aide criticized a photographic exhibition of PYD and PKK extremists being held at the European Parliament.

extrem organizations such as the PKK and the far-left Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) are active in Belgium and several PKK figures reportedly live in the country.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Eylül 2016, 12:57