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Kurds protest over PKK being called a terrorist organisation at Nato summit

Πορεία Κούρδων Λευκωσία
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Members of the Theofilos Kurdistan cultural centre marched on Thursday to protest after the Kurdish Workers’ Party PKK was referred to as a terrorist organisation during the Nato summit in Madrid.

Marchers started at 11.45am from the interior ministry, stopping at the House of Europe on Vyronos Avenue, where a delegation met with representatives of the European Union and delivered a memorandum with their positions and demands.

Demonstrators called upon “US, Nato and international forces to withdraw their support for the Turkish state, which is using chemical weapons against the rebels and the Kurdish people in southern Kurdistan”. They also asked the international forces to demand Turkey implement international law and stops the massacre.

Shortly after 12.30pm, protesters reached the parliament, where they were welcomed, on behalf of the house president, by the Director General of the House of Representatives Tasoula Ieronymidou who expressed the support of the body to the demands of those gathered.

Earlier this week, Turkey announced it would seek the extradition of 33 alleged Kurdish terror suspects from Sweden and Finland under a deal that secured Ankara’s support for the two Nordic states to join Nato.

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