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Demonstrators hold Kurdish flags and flags with portraits of the jailed Kurdistan Workers Party leader Ocalan during a gathering to celebrate Newroz in Diyarbakir - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
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Demonstrators hold Kurdish flags and flags with portraits of the jailed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan during a gathering to celebrate Newroz in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir March 21, 2013. Ocalan ordered his fighters on Thursday to cease fire and withdraw from Turkish soil as a step to ending a conflict that has killed 40,000 people, riven the country and battered its economy. Hundreds of thousands of Kurds, gathered in the regional centre of Diyarbakir, cheered and waved banners bearing Ocalan’s moustachioed image when a letter from the rebel leader, held since 1999 on a prison island in the Marmara Sea, was read out by a pro-Kurdish politician. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY – Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

Manuel Almeida

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