Turkey’s Kurdish population, which makes up as much as 20% of the country’s more than 72 million people, are fed up of broken promises by Turkey’s government and by the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), which Turkey, along with the United States and Europe, considers a terrorist organization, according to the PKK’s jailed leader’s brother. The PKK is engaged in an armed struggle with Turkey in an effort to secure greater autonomy for the Kurdish population. The conflict has killed 40,000 people and has resulted in the elimination of moderate voices on the question of the Kurds. Because of the failure to find a peaceful settlement to the conflict, Turkey’s young Kurdish population may rise in a manner similar to the Arab Spring, argues the PKK’s jailed leader’s brother.
Al- Arabiya, United Arab Emirates