Archive for Friday, October 19, 2007

Kurds protest against Turkish vote on strikes

October 19, 2007


— Thousands of Kurds joined rallies across northern Iraq and marched to U.N. offices Thursday to protest a vote by Turkey's lawmakers that backed possible cross-border attacks against Kurdish rebel camps.

The Turkish vote Wednesday removed the last legal obstacle to an offensive to root out guerrillas seeking autonomy for the mostly Kurdish region of southeastern Turkey. But there no sign of imminent military strikes, and the United States and the Iraqi government have urged restraint.

"No to military action. Yes to dialogue," demonstrators shouted as more than 5,000 people headed to U.N. offices in Dahuk near the Turkish border.

Protesters delivered a document calling for U.N. intervention to stop any further incursions into Iraq by Turkey - which has sent troops across the border several times in past decades to chase the Kurdish Workers' Party, or PKK.


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