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Curfews and neighbourhood resisting in Kurdistan


The situation in Northern Kurdistan (Turkish Kurdistan) is right now very hectic and chaotic. After the last election, which resulted with the party of AKP (Justice and Development Party) winning, there has been many curfews (e.g. in Nusaybin and Silopi) and incidents with Turkish soldiers attacking civilians. Most of these attacks are located in Kurdish cities and districts, among them Sur in Diyarbakir, Silvan and Cizre.

The Turkish government is attacking these cities as an excuse for fighting the PKK (Kurdistans Worker’s Party), but their operations, backed up by helicopters and everyday shooting at civilian houses, tells another story.

During the curfews, horrible pictures has been shown of elderly and children not being able to visit the local hospitals. That was the situation of Cizre, where many people in solidarity, decided to try crossing the border from Iraqi Kurdistan to Cizre for support, but got shot at by the border military.

Among one of the latest killings of civilians is the 11-year old boy named Salih Erdem. Salih Erdem was shot in the head by special operation police in the Cizre city.

In an other situation, a family wasn’t even able to give their child, who got killedby the military, a proper burial because of the curfew. Many fears to walk the streets because they might get shot. So instead the family stored the corpse of the child in a refrigerator untill they would be able to go outside.


The attacks on Kurdish cities occurred after a long time of peace talks between the PKK and AKP-government, which ended this July. For many, the disruption of peace happened as a result of the killing of two Turkish policemen – which KK themselves haven’t taken responsibility for – but these fail to mention the earlier attacks by Turkish military on Kurdish soil.

In the mean time, Kurdish women of Sur has taken up arms and say they are prepared to defend their homes. And as an result of the brutality and curfews, many Kurds are barricading their neighborhoods, not allowing police and military entering without a fight.

This seems to be the beginning of a civil war, or the start of battling for autonomy in Kurdish regions, where the Kurds do not believe they will gain justice by the ruling government.

Born with both Kurdish and Danish descent. I have a Master’s Degree in History with a minor in Religion Studies. My main focus is on Kurdistan and its history, culture(s) and diversity with an emphasis on religious groups.

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