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Turkey Detains 41 People in Operation Against PKK’s Urban Arm

February 04, 2012

Feb. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Turkey detained 41 people in operations against an organization prosecutors say is the urban arm of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which has been fighting for autonomy in the southeast for three decades.

Authorities started raids at 5:30 a.m. in seven cities, targeting illegal activities and public violence in Batman, the southeastern province’s governorship said in a statement on its website. The Batman offices of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party, or BDP, and Dicle news agency were searched during today’s operation, according to state-run Anatolia news agency.

Turkey detained thousands of journalists and politicians as part of an investigation into the Union of Communities in Kurdistan, or KCK. The government says KCK is the the urban arm of the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union. BDP lawmakers say the probe is a crackdown on the Kurdish political movement.

--Editors: Linda Shen, Sara Marley

To contact the reporter on this story: Emre Peker in Ankara at

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