Violence and tensions have escalated between the Turkish government and the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) since the collapse of a two-year ceasefire in July. More than 100 Turkish security force members and hundreds of Kurdish fighters have been killed in that time frame. Most recently, the government says a military operation in the town of Cizre killed 32 PKK fighters last week. But the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) says 21 civilians were killed in the operation. So, what has caused the breakdown in relations? And is there hope for Turkey’s peace process? 

In this episode of The Stream, we speak with: 

Ceren Kenar @cerenkenar
Journalist, Turkiye Gazetesi

Hamza Aktan @hamzaaktan
Journalist, IMC TV

Hişyar Özsoy @hisyarozsoy
Member of Parliament, HDP (Halkların Demokratik Partisi) – Peoples’ Democratic Party

Gülnur Aybet @Gulnuray
Professor, Political Science - Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul


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