World Bulletin/News Desk
A “martyrs' cemetery” for the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) was opened on Sunday with the attendance of 5,000 people, in the village of Yolçatı in southeastern Diyarbakır province's Lice district.
The construction of the site started nearly two months ago for a “martyrs' cemetery” for 170 members of the PKK who had died in various clashes with Turkish security forces in Turkey's Southeast. During the opening ceremony, one of the 15 attendees wearing the traditional Kurdish scarf made a press statement in Turkish.
A recently deceased member of the PKK was also buried during the ceremony, which was attended mainly by Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) members, some of whom reportedly performed prayers before the ceremony. Giant posters of many leading figures of the PKK were put up around the area, including jailed leader of the organization Abdullah Öcalan.
A group of young people carried PKK flags and Öcalan posters during the ceremony. Another group of PKK members who were armed stood guard on the hills surrounding the site, while the attendees sang in Kurdish, making the sign of victory, following one minute of silence for the PKK member buried in the ceremony.Last Mod: 16 Temmuz 2013, 10:59