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Turkey: Dissecting PKK Decision-Making: Who’s In Charge?

One of the defining reasons for the PKK’s existence is in reaction to the 1980-1982 Diyarbakir Prison incidents. Following the 1980 military coup, the ruling junta had detained both left- and right-wing groups involved in the street clashes of the 1970s and pursued a systematic torture campaign against both sides, and in Diyarbakir particularly targeted leftists and Kurds. This dark period laid the foundation of Kurdish nationalism, which when combined with other brutality inflicted on the Kurds, pushed the movement into the consensus that an armed defense would be the only way to protect Kurds from the Turkish state.

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