According to local media and human rights activists in Turkey, about 500 people, including 173 children, were arrested during Newroz celebrations in kurish cities and other parts of the turkey.
Newroz ceremonies were reportedly held in more than 60 cities in Turkey. At least 488 kurds were detained by Turkish police and security forces between March 19-21.
In the city of Diyarbakir (Amed), which is the largest Kurdish city in Turkey, nearly one million people attended the Nowruz celebrations.
In this city alone, police have arrested 300 people, including 150 children.
Turkish security forces have also detained dozens of political and civil activists, artists and journalists in other cities in Turkey and Kurdistan.
These people are accused of wearing Kurdish clothes, carrying Kurdish symbols, chanting slogans, and singing Kurdish songs.
The Islamist government of Turkey ended the Kurdish settlement process in 2015 at the same time as ISIS’s invasion of the city of Kobani in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) and intensified its pressure on Kurdish political activists. Most of the leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) were arrested, members of parliament and supporters.
Over the past seven years, more than 10,000 members and supporters of HDP , and human rights activists, journalists, and Kurdish artists are said to have been arrested.
Apart from that, the government of the Justice and Development Party in Turkey, which is allied with the racist party (MHP), has dismissed more than 90 elected Kurdish mayors and replaced them with government officials.