"We have taken up weapons only to defend ourselves,” said Avesta. “If they attack us again, we are ready to defend ourselves."
~ Sozdar Avesta, PKK.
~ Sozdar Avesta, PKK.
Lest we fall into the trap of believing that PKK only operates in South Kurdistan (Northern Iraq), here's some news of operations in Turkish-occupied Kurdistan, where the TSK has intensified operations with the advent of spring:
On 16 April TSK implemented a military operation against Amed state's Martyr Kendal region in Malagır, Serê Duavê. During the operation, guerrilla forces attacked a unit of TSK around Şelima village at 1900 hrs; at least two soldiers have been killed and three wounded. At Gabar mountain, again our guerrillas hit enemy forces effectively. In addition, in Sirnak, the fascist army forces deployment continues.
HPG statement on operations at Gabar:
Four soldiers killed in Gabar Mountain operation
1. On 10 April, the fascist army's forces implemented an operation in Gabar Mountain's Şehit Yılmaz and Fındıkê regions. In the operation that our forces executed at 0100 hours, two soldiers were killed and six wounded from one TSK unit
2. On 16 April, the fascist army's forces implemented an operation at Gabar Mountain, in the Tepê Aslan, Şehîd Aydın, Komando Tepesi, and TRT regions, At 0800 hours guerrilla forces attacked a unit of TSK, and in this operation at least two soldiers were killed and seven wounded.
The result of the recent clashes in Amed: 5 soldiers killed; 9 wounded.
Since 14 April to date, there has been a clash between our guerrilla forces and fascist army units in the Şehîd Remzi and Şehîd Kendal regions. On 14 April, in the Sehit Kendal region, Şehîd Baran area, our guerrilla forces implemented an operation against a TSK unit, and in this operation, one soldier was killed and 3 wounded at 0430 hrs. In addition, on 18 April, during the ongoing operation in the Şehîd Remzi region, a TSK unit, which was positioned on Hasan Değer ridge, was hit by our guerrilla forces and in this operation four soldiers were killed and six wounded. During the post-operation phase, enemy forces picked up their dead and wounded with two Sikorsky-type helicopters. The operation is still ongoing.
On 15 April, the fascist Turkish army units implemented an operation against the Gelıyê Gurdıla and Karnê regions at Gabar Mountain. During this operation, there was a clash between our guerrilla forces and fascist army soldiers, and in this clash our guerrilla Hamza Erkendi (Hamza Erkendi; Ridvan Alagaş; 1983/Adana (Siirtli); Şefika/Mehmet; 1999; photo left) was martyred.
Operations at Agri Mountain and Besta region
1. On 18 April, the fascist Turkish army units implemented an operation against Agri Mountain Kırê Demirkapı area. The TSK retreated on the same day.
2. On 13 April, fascist Turkish army units implemented an operation in Besta. During the ongoing operation, on 16 April, our guerrilla forces began an operation against one unit positioned in the Gevişkê area at 0230 hrs. Despite the fact that the enemy has losses, there is not yet accurate information. The operation is still ongoing.
Earlier in the week, Danish PM Rasmussen had words about the conviction of DTP mayors for the letter they sent Rasmussen:
Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Tuesday criticized a Turkish court's conviction of 53 mayors for backing the outlawed PKK separatists, over a letter they wrote him in 2005, the AFP reported.
Rasmussen said in a statement it is incomprehensible that a letter of this kind can lead to a guilty verdict.
"Turkey wishes to join the European Union, and we therefore expect that it adopts the same norms (in regards to freedom of expression) as the EU," he said. "This is a case that Denmark and the EU are watching closely and we have emphasized this to Turkey," he added.