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Demonstrators protesting the capture of terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan on Feb. 15, 1999 were told to “go home and study,” through loudspeakers in the southeastern province of Hakkari on Tuesday -- the 12th anniversary of Öcalan’s capture -- and Wednesday, as Hakkari remains the lowest-scoring province in the Student Selection Examination (ÖSS).
Many Kurdish provinces earlier this week saw protests marking the anniversary of Öcalan’s capture. Young demonstrators in groups of about 40 clashed with the police and threw stones in the streets of Hakkari neighborhoods Keklikpınar, Medrese, Katramaz and Yeni Gazi, using shields with KCK written on them. The KCK is the Kurdistan Communities Union, the PKK’s clandestine urban branch and decision-making body. Their faces covered with poshus, or local scarves, the demonstrators responded to the police’s attempts to disperse the crowd by throwing stones and Molotov cocktails as they chanted pro-Öcalan slogans. The police, who usually resort to tear gas or hosing down protestors, this time tried another method to disperse the crowd, making the announcement: “Go home. It’s cold. Don’t throw stones. It won’t get you anywhere. Hakkari always places last in the ÖSS rankings. Hakkari does not deserve this. Go home and study,” through loudspeakers. The warning partially worked as some of the young people left the scene, while others completely ignored it.
In related developments, 12 demonstrators were detained in Van province. Following pro-PKK demonstrations on the streets of Mardin, little children were seen on Wednesday collecting plastic bottles and exploded tear gas canisters to sell them for recycling.
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