ANKARA, Turkey -- The police on Saturday (February 13th) arrested 86 people suspected of ties with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), security sources were quoted as saying. According to them, the operations were carried out in eight provinces in the southeast and east as part in an effort to prevent possible demonstrations on Monday, the 11th anniversary of the arrest of jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan.
Thousands of Kurds gathered in Strasbourg, France, on Saturday, to demonstrate for Ocalan's release. According to the Kurdish Federation of Associations in France the rally was attended by over 15,000 people, while the police said their number was closer to 6,500. Kurdish families from Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland arrived in Strasbourg to take part in the demonstration. (Hurriyet, AFP - 13/02/10)