Commentaries #25

Commentaries #25

Chronology of the PKK: From group formation to party (1973–1980)

By Prof. Joost Jongerden, University of Wageningen 

Executive summary: 

The Kurdistan Workers Party (Partîya Karkêren Kurdistan, PKK) is often considered a latecomer that miraculously survived the 1980 military coup. Yet the establishment of the party in 1978 was preceded by a long process of group formation that started shortly after the 1971 military coup in Turkey. This article presents a chronology of the PKK during the 1970s. 

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