About 150 Kurds go on trial in Turkey

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October 18, 2010 14:36

 
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ANKARA, Turkey — More than 150 Kurds, including a dozen elected mayors, went on trial Monday for alleged links with a Kurdish guerrilla group at a time when the Turkish government is engaged in efforts to reconcile with the members of this ethnic minority.

Kurdish politicians demand the acquittal of all suspects who face between five years to life in prison for alleged membership in a "terrorist organization" and attempts to divide the state. The trial will run through Nov. 12 in Diyarbakir, the largest city in the Kurdish-dominated southeast.

"We want the acquittal of all our friends without any exemption," said Selahattin Demirtas, the head of the country's pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party.

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