The Kurds in Turkey: the Capture of Ocalan - Research Article from History Behind the Headlines

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The Conflict

Abdullah Ocalan's arrest in February 1999, followed by his trial and death sentence, made front-page news of the long conflict between Turkey and the Kurds. While hostility between the Kurds and the Turks has simmered for centuries, the modern conflict dates from the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 which ended World War I. This treaty divided the lands where the Kurds lived among several countries including Turkey, Iraq, Iran, parts of the former Soviet Union, and Syria. In Turkey, the Kurds were ruled in an environment of Turkish nationalism; in 1937, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk proclaimed a secular country, outlawing public, cultural, and religious expression, including the very word "Kurd."

Ethnic and Religious

  • Kurds are not allowed free religious and cultural expression within Turkey.
  • Turks view a secularized society, free from symbols of religious and cultural...

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