MESOP “GREAT ROBBERY” : Turkey Announces ‘Urgent Expropriation’ of Land in Kurdish Southeast

Rudaw- 2016-04-12 The Turkish government is carrying out “urgent expropriation” of properties in four provinces in the country’s Kurdish southeast to build security outposts, media reports said on Monday. “The government has decided to ‘urgently expropriate’ properties in multiple districts of southeastern provinces,” the Hurriyet Daily reported.

It said the expropriated properties will include land in the Baglar and Kayapinar districts of Diyarbakir province, Turkey’s Kurdish heartland. Also included are the “Cukurca and Yuksekova districts of Hakkari province, the Kiziltepe district of Mardin province and the Cizre and Idil districts of Sirrnak province,” the daily said. It said they properties are being expropriated “in order to build ‘police security points.'” The paper explained that, “Turkey’s southeast has been gripped by violence since July 2015, with security forces battling militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its youth wing, known as the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H), in densely populated urban centers.” “The recent fighting has marked the deadliest period in at least two decades of the conflict,” it reported.