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Turkish police remove quadrilingual BDP sign in Midyat

ISTANBUL – Doğan news agency | 1/23/2011 12:00:00 AM |

Police have removed a quadrilingual sign from the local offices of the BDP in Midyat following a court decision, DHA reported Saturday.

Police have removed a quadrilingual sign from the local offices of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party, or BDP, in Midyat following a court decision, Doğan news agency, or DHA, reported Saturday.

Law enforcement officers moved to take down the sign, which was written in Turkish, Kurdish, Syriac, and the Arabic Qultu dialect of the local Mhallami community, after the local criminal court of peace in the southeastern province of Mardin ruled that it violated the Political Parties Law.

“The pressure will not deter us,” BDP village head Filiz Işık and party sympathizers shouted as the sign was brought down.

“On one hand, it is said that speaking Kurdish is now free, but on the other, this incident is the biggest proof showing the lack of tolerance for Kurdish,” said Feyzi Belke, a BDP spokesman.

The party hung the sign Dec. 12 as part of its move to promote greater bilingualism in Southeast Anatolia.

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