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Kurds protest in Brussels after police raids

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Kurds protest in Brussels after police raids


Thousands of Kurds have taken to the streets of Brussels to protest at what they see as police discrimination.

The march comes two days after police raids on suspected terrorists. The Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK wants a separate Kurdish state spanning Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria. It called on all Kurds living in Europe to take part in the demonstration.

Despite some clashes with police no arrests have been reported.

The PKK is involved in a bitter armed conflict with Turkey and is considered a terrorist organisation by Ankara, the EU and the United States.

On Thursday, Belgian police raided dozens of addresses and arrested 20 people. Eight are still in custody on suspicion of helping to recruit PKK fighters.

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