KSN Statement on Dutch Detentions after OPCW Action

Kurdistan Solidarity Network

On 3rd December activists of the Kurdish Youth Movement in Europe (TCŞ/TEKO-JIN) went to the Hague in the Netherlands and carried out an action at the front entrance for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). This action was carried out in response to the the Turkish Armed Forces use of Chemical Weapons in the mountains of Kurdistan and the failure of the state authorities to take any action against such measures. Turkey as a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention, are prohibited by treaty in the use of large-scale, development, production, stockpiling and transfer of chemical weapons and their precursors.

In response to the actions, the Dutch Police used violent tactics against the protestors and made fifty-five arrests. Ten people have also suffered injuries as a result of this aggression from the Dutch Police. Despite evidence and witnesses that the Turkish army committed war crimes and used…

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