Turks and Kurds Protest Invasion Policy
Protests erupted this past week in
In addition to the Kurdish Parties in
Evoking Bush-style demagoguery, Erdogan accused opponents of the bill of supporting terrorism.
In a statement released on Thursday (10-18), the Labor Party said an invasion of
The statement went on: "Our country and our peoples – both Kurds and Turks – will suffer from the results of this war."
The Communist Party saw the vote not as a break with the Bush administration's policies in the Middle East but as a collaboration with
The Communists, who held protests on Wednesday of this week in Ankara over the invasion bill, said, "Our country faces security problems but this problem comes from dependency on the USA, the love of the European Union, the NATO membership, the secret agreements with Israel and from sending our troops to death in order to serve the US imperialism in Afghanistan. "
Weighing in on the the issue and describing the likely results of a Turkish invasion of Iraq, northern Iraq International Committee of the Red Crescent spokesperson Flamerz Mohammed said, "Any military conflict in the region will bring about a humanitarian crisis as civilians will be killed or displaced due to shelling and troop incursions."
In an interview with Al-Jazeerah, Murat Karayilan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, accused the Turkish government of lying about Kurdish fighters crossing the border from
Many Kurds in both turkey and
In a statement released earlier in the week, the Iraqi Communist Party denounced the Erdogan policy of invading
"While rejecting and denouncing this escalation," read an Iraqi Communist Party statement, "we call for putting an immediate end to it, and to stop, fully and once and for all, the use of violent means and military force. The only means to achieve an effective and just resolution of emerging problems is through dialog between the two neighboring countries, and through peaceful negotiations that avoid solving the problems of one side at the expense of the other."
Under pressure from the Bush administration, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki declared the PKK a terrorist organization and has offered to allow the Turkish invasion of Kurdistan, including northern
Hundreds of Iraqi Kurds in
Massoud Barzani, the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, called for talks between
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