Turkey’s longstanding conflict between ethnic Kurdish minority and the Turkish government flared this weekend after demonstrations erupted when the high court outlawed the main Kurdish political party.
The Kurds see themselves as an oppressed minority, while the Turkish government sees many of them as dangerous separatists.
Correspondent Gizem Yarbil and producer Bryan Myers recently traveled to the Kurdish enclave of Diyarbakir in eastern Turkey for a closer look at the allegations that the Turkish government had engaged in a so-called “dirty war” against the Kurds. Gizem writes about how the ruling threatens reconciliation between Turks and Kurds.
Photos and interview of Abdulkadir Aygan is courtesy of Hakan Akcura of the blog Open Flux.
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