The PKK is a militant Kurdish organization operating mainly in Turkey. In the 1980s it started an armed struggle for cultural and self-determination.
The left-wing militant organization was founded in 1978 in Turkey by a group of students around Abdullah Ocalan, who has been improsoned since1999. The Kurds make up over 20% of the Turkish Population and have been repressed for decades. Here you find an automatic compilation of DW Content referring to the PKK.
Police in Istanbul have again intervened in a rally by a group seeking justice for relatives who disappeared in the 1980s and 1990s. Critics see the police action as another sign of Turkey's slide into authoritarianism.
In Turkey, dozens of people have for years wanted to know what happened to some of their loved ones who disappeared during Turkey's military coup-era of the 1980s and the Kurdish-Turkish conflict of the '90s. The Saturday Mothers gathered a week ago for the 700th Saturday in Istanbul, but police told them their protest was banned, before firing tear gas and plastic pellets to disperse the crowd.
The White House lobbed strong words of warning at its NATO ally over Andrew Brunson, but the Turkish government showed it could play ball, too. Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government said that "no one dictates to Turkey."