Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Going by letters of the law, Turkey fines Kurds

Advocates say demonstrators used banned characters Q, W in placards

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey - A Turkish court has fined 20 people for using the letters Q and W on placards at a Kurdish new year celebration, under a law that bans use of characters not in the Turkish alphabet, rights campaigners said.

The court in the southeastern city of Siirt fined each of the 20 people 100 new lira ($75.53) for holding up the placards, written in Kurdish, at the event last year. The letters Q and W do not exist in the Turkish alphabet.

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