Turkish youth protesting in support of the Kurds

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Exhausted, enraged and hopeless Turkish youth seemed to be, shouldered with the Kurds in Istanbul demonstration on Thursday calling for the government to end the decades-old Kurdish problem that was for a long time ignored, and denied.

“We are here to raise our voice against war, to support peace and to show our support for the Kurdish people,”

said a Turkish demonstrator, Efe Altinal.

The Turkish government since its birth until 1991 had banned the Kurdish language and anyone caught speaking or writing it was jailed. The Kurds’ ethnicity was also denied and the Kurds were officially labeled as “mountain Turks.” Though the hardline stance has eased and the “Kurdish Question” is no longer a taboo in Turkey, no significant changes have occurred and the Turkish government has been lagging in finding solutions.