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In pictures: Kurds mourn slain activists
Thousands of women and children rallied in Turkey to commemorate killed activists and to highlight gender equality.
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2013 15:13

Thousands of Kurdish women have marched in the southeastern region of Turkey, commemorating three Kurdish women assassinated in France in January. The rallies on Sunday were part of a series of events planned for the week to observe the upcoming International Women's Day.

The largest demonstration was held in Diyarbakir, the region's biggest city, which has been torn apart by clashes between the army and pro-Kurdish armed group Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) for more than 30 years.

Thousands of women shouted slogans protesting the death of the three women. 

PKK members Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Soylemez were shot dead at the Kurdistan Information Bureau in Paris on January 10.

Gultan Kisanak, the female co-leader of Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), also attended the demonstration initiated by Democratic Free Women Movement, a Kurdish NGO. BDP has 29 members in parliament.

The demonstrators also shouted slogans opposing violence against women in Turkey and in support of gender equality.

The rally came during talks between the Turkish intelligence agency and imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan to find a solution to the decades-long armed conflict.

A message from Ocalan was also read at the event, in which he said, “People whose women are not free cannot be free”. The message drew loud applause.


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Thousands of Kurdish women took to the streets to commemorate the assassination in January of three Kurdish women in Paris and to mark the upcoming International Women's Day.


Mahmut Bozarslan/Al Jazeera
A Kurdish NGO, the Democratic Free Women Movement, organised the rally that also highlighted the issue of gender equality.


Mahmut Bozarslan/Al Jazeera
A child covered her face with a Democratic Free Women Movement banner.


Mahmut Bozarslan/Al Jazeera
“We will be a bridge to peace, not war,” one banner says. “End to sexual, class-based, national exploitation,” says the other.


Mahmut Bozarslan/Al Jazeera
The police did not let banners with the names of the three assassinated Kurdish women into the demonstration.


Mahmut Bozarslan/Al Jazeera
Children also took part in the rally, waving flags and banners.


Mahmut Bozarslan/Al Jazeera
Women shouted slogans opposing violence against women in Turkey. “No to women slaughter,” the above banner reads. 


Mahmut Bozarslan/Al Jazeera
Some of the Kurdish women attended the demonstration in clothes decorated with traditional Kurdish colours and Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) signs.


Mahmut Bozarslan/Al Jazeera
The demonstration came during talks between Turkey's intelligence agency and imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan to find a solution to the decades-long armed conflict.


Mahmut Bozarslan/Al Jazeera
A message from PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan was also read at the event, in which he said, “People whose women are not free cannot be free”.



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“We will be a bridge to peace, not war,” one banner says. “End to sexual, class-based, national exploitation,” says the other.

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Kurdish-celebration-of-Int%27l-Women%27s-Day?image_id=0cum3FL9Hc8rNMahmut BozarslanAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

“We will be a bridge to peace, not war,” one banner says. “End to sexual, class-based, national exploitation,” says the other.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Kurdish-celebration-of-Int%27l-Women%27s-Day?image_id=0d1H9fr09g0hqThe police did not let banners with the names of the three assassinated Kurdish women into the demonstration.
Mon, 04 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Kurdish-celebration-of-Int%27l-Women%27s-Day?image_id=0d1H9fr09g0hqMahmut BozarslanAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesThe police did not let banners with the names of the three assassinated Kurdish women into the demonstration.
http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Kurdish-celebration-of-Int%27l-Women%27s-Day?image_id=034SakK0Ss12ZChildren also took part in the rally, waving flags and banners. Zilan Zeynep Kinaci, whose name is written on the banner, was a suicide bomber.Mon, 04 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Kurdish-celebration-of-Int%27l-Women%27s-Day?image_id=034SakK0Ss12ZMahmut BozarslanAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesChildren also took part in the rally, waving flags and banners. Zilan Zeynep Kinaci, whose name is written on the banner, was a suicide bomber. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Kurdish-celebration-of-Int%27l-Women%27s-Day?image_id=0bihgYj602bE1Women shouted slogans opposing violence against women in Turkey. “No to women slaughter,” the above banner reads.  Mon, 04 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Kurdish-celebration-of-Int%27l-Women%27s-Day?image_id=0bihgYj602bE1Mahmut BozarslanAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesWomen shouted slogans opposing violence against women in Turkey. “No to women slaughter,” the above banner reads.  http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Kurdish-celebration-of-Int%27l-Women%27s-Day?image_id=004X9TIgZn46KSome of the Kurdish women attended the demonstration in clothes decorated with traditional Kurdish colors and Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) signs. Mon, 04 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Kurdish-celebration-of-Int%27l-Women%27s-Day?image_id=004X9TIgZn46KMahmut BozarslanAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesSome of the Kurdish women attended the demonstration in clothes decorated with traditional Kurdish colors and Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) signs. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Kurdish-celebration-of-Int%27l-Women%27s-Day?image_id=01oD24e3vh6VlThe demonstration came during talks between Turkey's intelligence agency and imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan to find a solution to the decades-long armed conflict.Mon, 04 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Kurdish-celebration-of-Int%27l-Women%27s-Day?image_id=01oD24e3vh6VlMahmut BozarslanAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesThe demonstration came during talks between Turkey's intelligence agency and imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan to find a solution to the decades-long armed conflict. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Kurdish-celebration-of-Int%27l-Women%27s-Day?image_id=08QCfFagHUbp0A message from PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan was also read at the event, in which he said, “People whose women are not free cannot be free”.
Mon, 04 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Kurdish-celebration-of-Int%27l-Women%27s-Day?image_id=08QCfFagHUbp0Mahmut BozarslanAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesA message from PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan was also read at the event, in which he said, “People whose women are not free cannot be free”.


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