Thirteen suspects were detained on Monday in an investigation launched after video footage showed affiliates of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) setting up so-called public order units and checkpoints in Cizre, a district of the southeastern province of Şırnak.
The video, which several media outlets recently made available, shows a military ceremony being held by members of the Patriotic Revolutionist Youth Movement (YDG-H), a PKK affiliate, in which members chosen to serve in the “public order units” were awarded diplomas. The YDG-H members' faces were covered with scarves and they were seen wearing T-shirts emblazoned with a picture of imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan as they stood in silent tribute to PKK militants killed in clashes with the Turkish military. In the video, the YDG-H members were also seen burning car tires on the streets of Nusaybin and İdil in Cizre and checking the IDs of passing drivers on the roads.
Police carried out coordinated operations on Sunday evening in Cizre's Nur neighborhood to capture the YDG-H members seen in the video checking drivers' IDs. Thirteen suspects were detained and taken to police stations for questioning.
On June 27, police fired water cannon and tear gas at a group of YDG-H members attempting to close İdil Street to traffic with barricades. The group retaliated, throwing Molotov cocktails and stones at the police; one police officer was injured in the clash. On June 28, the police launched an investigation into the incidents and detained seven suspects.
CihanGüncelleme Tarihi: 02 Temmuz 2013, 10:29