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Swedish-Kurds Arrested in Turkey

Published onsdag 31 maj 2006 kl 12.45
King Carl Gustaf on an official visit to Turkey

Two Kurdish activists with dual Turkish-Swedish citizenship risk up to three years in jail over a press statement denouncing a military build-up.

A prosecutor in the mainly Kurdish region of southeastern Turkey has accused the two of spreading propaganda for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

The two are members of a Kurdish cultural association banned last month because its statutes called for the use in its activities of the Kurdish language, which is illegal under Turkish law.

The statement claimed that a recent military build-up in the southeast targeted the ”entire Kurdish people.”

The news comes as Sweden’s King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia are on an official visit to Turkey.

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