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DATE=2/17/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-245640 TITLE=OCALAN PROTEST UPDATE (S/L) BYLINE=LAURIE KASSMAN DATELINE=LONDON CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: THREE KURDISH DEMONSTRATORS WERE SHOT DEAD IN BERLIN WEDNESDAY WHEN PROTESTERS TRIED TO STORM THE ISRAELI CONSULATE THERE. DEMONSTRATIONS CONTINUE IN SEVERAL EUROPEAN CITIES AS ANGRY KURDS PROTEST THE ARREST OF REBEL LEADER ABDULLAH OCALAN. MOST DEMONSTRATIONS HAVE BEEN AGAINST GREEK DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS BECAUSE OF REPORTED GREEK LINKS TO THE ARREST -- A CHARGE GREECE HAS DENIED. CORRESPONDENT LAURIE KASSMAN IS FOLLOWING DEVELOPMENTS FROM LONDON. TEXT: // SOUND OF CHANTING AND FADE -- ESTABLISH AND UNDER // KURDS CHANT SLOGANS AND SING KURDISH SONGS AS THEY CONTINUE THEIR VIGIL FOR A SECOND DAY OUTSIDE THE GREEK EMBASSY HERE IN LONDON. AN ESTIMATED 80 KURDS REMAIN INSIDE, THREATENING A HUNGER STRIKE IF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY DOES NOT PROMISE TO PROTECT ABDULLAH OCALAN'S RIGHTS AS HE FACES TRIAL IN TURKEY ON CHARGES OF TERRORISM. WHEN NEWS OF THE BERLIN KILLINGS REACHED THE LONDON CROWD, THE DEMONSTRATORS BOWED THEIR HEADS FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE. DEMONSTRATIONS LIKE THIS ONE IN LONDON -- SOME OF THEM VIOLENT -- ERUPTED FOR A SECOND DAY WEDNESDAY ACROSS EUROPE AS KURDS CONTINUE THEIR PROTEST AGAINST TURKEY'S ARREST OF THE KURDISH SEPARATIST LEADER. ///OPT THE REST/// KURDISH PROTESTERS HERE IN LONDON SAY THEY ARE ANGRY AT THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY FOR ABANDONING THE KURDISH CAUSE. ONE DEMONSTRATOR CRITICIZES THOSE WHO DESCRIBE MR. OCALAN AS A TERRORIST. ///DEMONSTRATOR ACT /// WHEN BRITAIN OR AMERICA GO IN WAR, THEY KILL PEOPLE. SO IN WAR THERE IS KILLING. SO WHY SHOULD ONLY WE PAY THE PRICE WHEN WE KILL AND THE OTHERS NOT? /// END ACT /// FOR NEARLY 15 YEARS, ABDULLAH OCALAN AND HIS KURDISTAN WORKERS PARTY HAVE WAGED A GUERRILLA WAR AGAINST TURKISH RULE OF OVER THE MOSTLY KURDISH-POPULATED SOUTHEASTERN AREA OF TURKEY. AN ESTIMATED 30-THOUSAND PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN THE CONFLICT. MR. OCALAN NOW FACES THE DEATH PENALTY ON CHARGES OF TERRORISM. AT THE GREEK EMBASSY IN LONDON, MORE KURDS KEEP ARRIVING AS THE DAY WEARS ON. THEY SAY THEY ARE COMING TO SHOW THEIR SOLIDARITY WITH THE PROTESTERS STILL INSIDE THE EMBASSY. ///SINGING -- ESTABLISH, FADE AND SUSTAIN /// DOZENS OF DEMONSTRATORS SIT ON THE GROUND, WRAPPED IN HEAVY BLANKETS, SINGING KURDISH SONGS AND PASSING ON NEWS OF DEMONSTRATIONS IN OTHER CITIES. MOST SAY THEY WILL STAY AS LONG AS THE OTHER PROTESTERS REMAIN INSIDE THE GREEK EMBASSY. SOME SAY THEY WANT TO STAY AS LONG AS ABDULLAH OCALAN REMAINS IN CUSTODY IN TURKEY. (SIGNED) /// FADE UP SINGING AND OUT/// NEB/LMK/PCF/JO 17-Feb-99 12:01 PM EST (1701 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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