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Pro-Kurdish groups plan Turkish uprising

ANKARA, Turkey, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, plans to launch an uprising to mark the anniversary of the capture of their leader, affiliate statements suggest.

The Kurdish Communities Union, the urban wing of the PKK, is planning mass demonstrations starting Feb. 15 to mark the anniversary of the 1999 capture of PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan.

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Turkey's English-language daily Today's Zaman cites anonymous intelligence sources who say they expect bloodshed.

The timing of the uprising coincides with rising frustration with the government's decision to crack down on pro-Kurdish groups in Turkey. A new constitution is expected this year as well.

The report says a PKK offshoot, the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, or TAK, is restructuring itself to "resist annihilation and policies of denial."

The group issued a statement saying it was preparing for attacks on urban centers.

"Every place, starting with the metropolises of Turkey, is a war front for us," the statement read. "Everyone who supports the current system, starting with army officers and civilian bureaucrats, are our targets."

Ankara in 2009 launched an effort to find a political solution to lingering acrimony with the Kurdish minority. The PKK, for its part, formed so-called peace groups to take part in the reconciliation effort.

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Kurdish supporters in the southern and eastern parts of Turkey, however, have protested a government move to round up members of pro-Kurdish political parties, threatening the reconciliation effort.

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