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No respite for Kurds as Turkey's security forces ramp up repression

Musicians, newlyweds, journalists, and even restaurateurs are not immune to the Turkish government's repression of its Kurdish population.
A couple holds hands for a wedding photo as they look at smoke rising over the district of Sur in Diyarbakir.

Dilan Karcik married her teenage sweetheart, Mesut, on June 12. The couple, both ethnic Kurds, celebrated their union with an exuberant bash at a wedding hall in Esenyurt, a working-class suburb of Istanbul. The following day, Mesut and nine guests, including one of his brothers, were hauled in by police for questioning and arrested on charges of terrorist propaganda.

Mesut’s alleged crime was draping a red, yellow and green shawl over his shoulders and chanting "forbidden" slogans along with guests as they joined in a circle dance, as is typical for Kurdish revelers.

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