What’s behind Turkey’s renewed crackdown on Kurds?
Rights groups are warning of rising casualties in Turkey’s campaign against fighters.
Just a few months ago, Turkish Kurds had hope for a political solution to their ongoing disagreements with the government.
They had won seats in parliament and later this week, the pro-Kurdish party the HDP was to meet with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. That meeting was then cancelled.
The ongoing operations against Kurdish fighters leaves no sign of a likely return to what many have described as a peace process. The political engagement has turned into a military one.
Why the about-face? And will the Turkish government and the Kurds ever find a way to interact without violence?
Presenter: Kamahl Santamaria
Galip Dalay – Research director at the Al Sharq Forum
Ertugrul Kurkcu – MP and Honorary President of the People’s Democratic Party
Berkay Mandiraci – Researcher on Turkey at the International Crisis Group