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Turkey's Kurdish minority celebrate Newroz festival

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Turkey’s Kurdish minority marked the annual spring festival of Newroz on Monday (March 21)with a call for peace talks to resume between Ankara and Kurdish militants.

Violence has intensified since a ceasefire between Ankara and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party ended last July.

“Of course war, clashes and deaths are not a normal situation that we should be used to,” said the co-chair of the pro-Kurdish HDP (People’s Democratic Party) Selahattin Demitras. “What really matters is to insist on peaceful ways and methods (to solve) the problem [Kurdish situation].”

Celebrations in Turkey have been restricted to eighteen out of 81 provinces due to the security situation.