Anger at Turkey’s invasion of northern Iraq led around 3,000 people to march across north east London last Sunday.
Sakine, a student at the London School of Economics, explained why she was on the march. “I’m against the invasion of Iraq,” she said. “That gave the Turkish government the confidence to launch this attack. Kurdish people still don’t have rights in Turkey. The government says it has to attack now because of the threat from Kurdish PKK guerrillas, but that’s not true. The PKK are no great threat now.”
The protest was organised by the Kurdish Federation and other Kurdish groups. It was supported by the Stop the War Coalition, whose convenor Lindsey German received an enthusiastic welcome when she spoke at the end of the march.