ANKARA (AP)—A group of Kurdish mothers has staged a sit-down protest to urge the government to listen to the imprisoned leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, as it tries to find a solution to the Kurdish issue.
Saturday is the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the armed conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people. Jailed PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan is expected to reveal a plan to end the fighting.
The activists, called “Peace Mothers,” carried banners in downtown Ankara on Tuesday that read, “Lend an ear to Imrali,” in reference to the prison island where Öcalan is serving a life term in prison.
The government has announced “an initiative” to find a solution to the Kurdish problem, but has not revealed details of any plan. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has invited all sides to support the “peace project.” Opposition parties, however, have slammed the government’s move and have said they will not support it.