Turkish police targeted officials and activists from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party in a series of raids ahead of the 14 May elections , with the latest on Monday in Şanlıurfa province.
Turkish security forces boosted their presence in Şırnak after 12 regions in the province were declared temporary military security zones on 17 May.
A Kurdistan Regional Government delegation met with Iraqi oil ministry officials on Sunday following Baghdad’s decision to halt crude oil exports from Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region and northern Kirkuk fields through Turkey.
Newroz celebrations that took place over the weekend in Frankfurt were described by the organising committee as “reminiscent of the European Newroz celebrations of the 1990s” and “a sign of the struggle between the authoritarian regimes of Middle East and the resistant peoples.”
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