After nine days of clashes between Turkish police and local militant youths, the situation in Sur, a historical neighborhood in Turkey’s largest Kurdish city, resembles a war zone.
For nine days, the historical district of Sur, in the old town of Diyarbakir was sealed off from the outside world. While a curfew was in place, special police forces attacked the neighborhood with heavy artillery, causing major damage to houses, historical buildings and local infrastructure. For months, local militant youth of the PKK-linked YDG-H have been waging an armed resistance struggle against the violence and oppression of the state in the Kurdish regions.
On Friday afternoon, the curfew in Sur was lifted, leading to hundreds of residents packing their things and leave their homes, while a few journalists and activists had the chance to enter the area and document the destruction. A few hours later, the curfew was reimposed, with many locals fearing more clashes and attacks by the police.
Photos by Ilyas Akengin.
Source URL — https://roarmag.org/2015/12/11/diyarbakir-sur-curfew-destruction/