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Kurds warn of ‘special war centre’ planning genocidal attacks

KURDISH forces warned today of a “special war centre” with units in the Turkish intelligence services and the neofascist Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) tasked with carrying out attacks on Kurds.

The Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) — an umbrella organisation of Kurdish groups including the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)  — called on communities to organise in self defence after a spate of attacks in various cities that have seen at least one person killed.

The Kurdish organisation accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government of “commissioning” attacks on Kurds as part of a genocidal policy that is also targeting the country’s democratic institutions.

“The goal is that not a single Kurd calls himself or herself Kurdish, speaks Kurdish or openly lives out his or her Kurdish identity.

“These intimidation attacks serve the goal of a Kurdish genocide and are intended first and foremost to achieve the self-denial of the Kurds,” a KCK statement said.

The latest escalation started with the killing of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) worker Deniz Poyraz who was shot dead in the party’s Izmir offices last month, the organisation said.

Kurds were attacked in the centre of the Turkish capital Ankara just before Eid, seriously injuring two people.

Around 60 people attacked a Kurdish family in Konya earlier this week. Hakim Dal was killed in front of his relatives.

And seven people were injured after a mob set upon Kurdish seasonal workers in the western province of Afyon earlier this week in what has been described as “a lynching.”

“This government has declared all Kurds who stand up for their Kurdish identity and demand freedom to be enemies. 

“It has also made the HDP, which advocates a democratic solution to the Kurdish question, its enemy and a constant target of attack,” KCK said.

But it said that “organisation is the best self-defence force.”

KCK called on “all the Kurdish people to show solidarity in such situations and to intensify their struggle for freedom and democracy everywhere in order to put an end to the attacks.”

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