|  
  |  
  |  
  |  
  |  
  |  
  |  
  |  
16 April 2014, Wednesday
 
 
Today's Zaman
 
 
 
 

Police report says PKK abusing stone-throwing children law

27 February 2012, Monday /BAYRAM KAYA
New research by the Security General Directorate (EGM) has found that the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has been abusing the law on “stone-throwing children,” which was eased in 2010.

Recently published in an EGM report, the research, conducted in 15 provinces including İstanbul, Ankara, Mersin, İzmir and Adana, indicates that the PKK started exploiting children more after the law came into effect in 2010 and reveals that children under 16 were present in greater numbers at PKK demonstrations in 2011. According to the research, the PKK has also been recruiting children released by prosecutors.

There has been a 50 percent increase in the number of children being exploited by the PKK since the law came into effect, especially in the eastern cities of Hakkari and Şırnak, the report says, and relates how the terrorist organization gets children to throw Molotov cocktails and burn vehicles to begin with and then tries to recruit them to the mountains where the PKK is based.

At a workshop held by provincial security general directors in Ankara's Kızılcahamam province last weekend, the law, which was eased for minors accused of fighting with security forces, was criticized by members of the law enforcement office. They are expected to be in touch with the Justice Ministry in regards to the law and its consequences.

The relevant amendments to the Counterterrorism Law (TMK) in 2010 provided that children who attend illegal meetings and demonstrations or distribute propaganda for outlawed organizations cannot be tried on charges of terrorism in high criminal courts, but are to be heard in special juvenile tribunals. As a result of the changes, hundreds of children who were sentenced to lengthy prison terms in the past were released. The law also reduced the minimum prison sentence for anyone taking part in illegal protests from one-and-a-half years to six months.

Meanwhile, the EGM report says that more Molotov cocktails and bombs were used in 2011 than in 2010 in PKK-related acts of violence, revealing that the use of Molotov cocktails increased by 300 percent, explosives by 500 percent and the use of firecrackers as weapons rose by 600 percent at terrorism-related demonstrations in 2011.

 
 
NATIONAL  Other Titles
Erdoğan threatens judges, prosecutors in party group speech
Opposition leaders say PM turning Turkey into intelligence state
Opposition CHP leader likens Erdoğan to Hitler, Mussolini
Nearly 90 police officials purged in southeast Turkey
Nearly 280 police officers reassigned in four provinces
Twitter executives meet with Turkey's President Gül
Two officers arrested over Adana trucks released
AFAD: Number of Syrian refugees in Turkey tops 900,000
Bahçeli criticizes PM's attack on Constitutional Court
Murder suspect attempts suicide in prison
Homosexual prisoners in Turkey segregated for ‘protection': minister
AK Party politician sparks hatred against Hizmet movement
Reactions mount against ban on publication of ‘Risale-i Nur'
Prosecutor who stopped MİT trucks, two others reassigned
Ministry issues traffic tickets to 125 Gezi protesters in Çanakkale
Turkish gov't rules out May 1 rallies in İstanbul's Taksim Square
Turkish military says PKK kidnapped three workers
55 students from 30 countries captivate İzmir residents with poems of praise
HDP co-chair says MİT law only protects intelligence agency
Turkish Olympiad in Chicago held with impressive event
President's Office denies reports of Gül-Erdoğan meeting over presidential election
New paper unexpectedly shuts down, employees protest
Retirement no hindrance to good works for 12 Karabük men
Survey shows Black Sea province's people are happiest
Pro-gov't columnist resigns in protest of newspaper's deceit
...
Bloggers