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  1. Kurdistan Workers Party, Kurdistan Labor Pary, Partiya Karkeran Kurdistan, PPK(noun)

    a Marxist-Leninist terrorist group of Kurds trying to establish an independent Kurdish state in eastern Turkey


  1. Kurdistan Workers' Party

    The Kurdistan Workers' Party, commonly referred to by its Kurdish acronym, PKK, is a Kurdish militant organization based in Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan. From 1984 to 2013, the PKK waged an armed struggle against the Turkish state for cultural and political rights and self-determination for the Kurds in Turkey, who comprise between 10% and 25% of the population and have been subjected to repression for decades. The group was founded in 1978 in the village of Fis by a group of Kurdish students led by Abdullah Öcalan. The PKK's ideology was originally a fusion of revolutionary socialism and Kurdish nationalism, seeking the foundation of an independent, Marxist–Leninist state in the region, which was to be known as Kurdistan. However, since his capture and imprisonment in 1999, the leader of the PKK, Abdullah Öcalan, has abandoned Marxism-Leninism, leading the party to adopt his new political platform of "Democratic Confederalism" while ceasing its official calls for the establishment of a fully independent country. In May 2007, former members of the PKK helped form the KCK, an umbrella organisation of Kurds from Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria.


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