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Turkey’s attack on Afrin sparks more demonstrations

PROTESTS against Turkey’s military offensive on Syria’s Afrin escalated around Britain yesterday.

Further protests took place in Yorkshire, following weekend protests at major rail stations in Cardiff, London and Manchester.

Hundreds of demonstrators marched through central London on Sunday evening, with activists shutting down Kings Cross station to raise awareness of the involvement of British arms trade deals.

Demonstrators closed off the roads in Westminster, where a speaker announced: “We are sorry for the inconvenience, but people are dying.”

Activists chanted: “Wake up UK, stop defending Turkish state” and “Turkish state is Isis.”

Piccadilly station in Manchester was also occupied as activists jumped onto the tracks, cancelling trains coming in and out of the city.

Former PYD leader Salih Muslim spoke at a meeting by Kurdistan National Congress and the Committee to Protect Afrin on Sunday and said it was "unacceptable" that Turkey was "massacring people in Afrin" with European weapons.

He said: "Afrin is a continuation of the massacres in Sur, Cizre, Nusaybin and Shengal.

"The Turkish state seeks to finalise its massacres against Armenians, Syriacs and Kurds in the 20th century."

Mr Muslim said it was not a personal issue for the Kurds but a matter of "honour and dignity."


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