Photo from Hurriyet archives.
By the time I have arrived Diyarbakır, right now i am waiting for some friends with whom I will go to Mardin to attend an academic conference, 26 soldiers have died. I have had a quick look at Twitter: the president Abdullah Gül uses “revenge”. First time for him. Some people are angry with the fact that clashes lasted 8 hours. PKK simultanously attacked both police and military posts. PKK once again shows that PM Erdoğan’s violent rhetoric does not retreat Kurdish guerrillas but fuels their strategy of violence… Emphasis on revenge is nothing new, but its use by Mr. Gül may imply a step up of harsh rhetoric that had proved to be a dead end myriad of times… And blaming others, conspiring countries is yet another supporting and but -useless in the end- rhetorical strategy…
from Hurriyet Dailynews by NTV – REUTERS- DHA
Twenty-six people died this morning in clashes between alleged members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and security forces in Hakkari province.