Sun, May 22, 2011 - Page 6 News List

FEATURE: Molotov-armed Kurdish youth on a mission

AFP, DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY

Threats from militant Kurds, he complained, discourage townsmen from renting him their properties and nourish suspicion against Kurds supporting the AKP.

“I’m also a Kurd, but not a separatist ... They speak about human rights and democracy, but here I am without a place to sit in,” he grumbled in a local teashop. “In the 1990s, people feared the state, now they fear them.”

Back in Diyarbakir, the “Molotov guys” — as they are widely called — say they loath violence, but argue it is necessary to press Ankara into dialogue to end the Kurdish conflict.

“Military action will continue as long as political issues remain unresolved,” Mustafa, 20, said “And we have to defend ourselves.”

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