Friday, January 18, 2013

Thousands gather for funerals of Kurdish activists killed in Paris

Tens of thousands gathered in Turkey on Thursday for the funeral ceremony of three Kurdish activists shot dead in Paris in an attack many believe was an attempt to derail peace talks. Kurdish legislators, meanwhile, vowed to continue supporting peace efforts to end the decades-long conflict between Turkey and autonomy-seeking Kurdish rebels
The three female activists, including Sakine Cansiz, a founding member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, were killed last week at a time when Turkey is engaged in talks with the rebels' jailed leader, Abdullah Ocalan, to persuade his group to disarm
Up to 50,000 mourners assembled behind the victims' coffins draped in the flags of the PKK at a square in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir for a funeral ceremony before separate burials take place in the victims' hometowns on Friday
News report here.