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Turkey detains Kurd leaders

Turkish police have detained the leaders of the country’s two main pro-Kurdish parties, after they attended a festival in Germany which Ankara says was organised by militants. Tuncer Bakirhan, the chairman of Dehap, and Ahmet Turan Demir of the smaller Free Society Party were detained on Monday morning and Sunday night respectively for questioning. Haluk Levent, a rock singer who performed at the festival, has also been taken into custody. Fifteen people are currently under investigation for attending the festival in the city of Gelsenkirchen, which was arranged by Kurds living in Germany. Ankara believes that Kadek, the successor to the militant Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), is the organising force behind the event. The moves by the Turkish authorities come weeks after a decision by Kadek to end a four-year ceasefire declared when PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan was arrested. Full Story

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