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14 Feb 2020 | 09:12 AM UTC

Turkey: Increased security measures implemented nationwide ahead of key PKK anniversary February 15

Increased security measures implemented nationwide ahead of the anniversary of PPK leader Abdullah Ocalan’s capture February 15; remain vigilant for militant activity

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Event

According to local sources, protests and associated violence are possible across Turkey on Saturday, February 15, due to the arrest anniversary of Abdullah Ocalan, a Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) founding member. Previous anniversaries have been marked by violent clashes between security forces and demonstrators. According to the same source, Turkish Police and intelligence units have carried out security operations in recent days to prevent any potential attack. Separately, on Friday, February 14, Turkish security forces have reportedly captured ten suspected PKK militants in Istanbul.

Context

PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan was captured by Turkish authorities on February 15, 1999 in Kenya.

The PKK is categorized as a terrorist organization by the Turkish government. It also operates a political party, which remains active in Turkey.

Advice

Individuals in Turkey are advised to closely monitor developments and avoid all locations most likely to be targeted such as government buildings, police stations, police checkpoints, crowded places, hubs, etc. Furthermore, individuals in Turkey are advised to avoid all demonstrations due to the risk of violence and arrest, anticipate a heightened security presence, and avoid discussing political subjects in public or on social media.