As NATO met to discuss the threat Islamic State militants pose to Turkey, supporters of the outlawed Kurdish PKK militia were protesting against what they say is the threat the Turkish government poses to the Kurds.
“We ask NATO not to accept the demands of Turkey,” Zübeyir Aydar of the Kurdistan National Congress told euronews, “because it’s our people who are under attack, it’s not the Turkish state under attack, it’s our people!”
Kurdish groups have accused the Turkish government of supporting an IS suicide bomber who killed 32 Kurdish Turks in the small town of Suruc earlier this month.
“It’s the beginning of a war, unfortunately,” one woman demonstrating in Brussels on Tuesday (July 28) said. “The Turkish state does everything to start war again, and they have forgotten all promises made to the Kurds!’
After 30 years of fighting, Turkey and the PKK called a ceasefire in 2013. But violence has flared up once again and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today confirmed the end of the peace process.