ceemac

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Village Guards
Following on from the recent slaughter at the wedding party at Bilge Koyu, Marlin, the spotlight has now fallen on the arrested men, all supposedly members of a legal paramilitary group known as Village Guards.

There have been major repercussions from these killings as you would expect - it's reported that 125 people from 12 families with connections to the killers have had to flee the village for fear of revenge.

The Village Guards were set up in the mid 1980's to combat PKK insurgents and they have, according to the army, been successful. They are made up of villagers opposed to the PKK and are armed, trained and paid by the Government. They also helped the army to impose martial law in the area up until about 5 years ago - that has now been lifted.

They have however been involved in much criminal activity themselves including murder, rape, arson, and drugs smuggling - it is reported that a third of it's members are involved in crime - considering there are an estimated 50,000-90,000 members of the Village Guards across the SE of Turkey, that's a hell of a lot of criminals.

Even the Government, who have previously defended the existence of the Village Guards, are starting to question their continued need, although the army are staunchly against their disbandment as they maintain they are still vital against the PKK. On May 8 Turkish military spokesman Maj. Gen. Metin Gurak said "we consider the efforts to depict the Village Guards responsible for this incident as an institution biased and wrong"

It's difficult to argue though that up to 30,000 poor, uneducated, officially armed people roaming around the villages of South Eastern Turkey, and heavily involved in criminal activities, is not a major cause of concern both now and in the future.

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ChrisBobs

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Village Guards
Isnt the USofA a perfect example of too many guns in too many hands!??
'educated' or not- they come too easily to hand when there is a dispute let alone this obscene waste of human lives.
Turkey has very bad lack of gun control. The army has just - JUST decided to number / i.d all their arms to acount for them all, as they have found 'their' guns being used against them by PKK, and worse (?) being dug up as part of the Ergenkon investigation - possibly implicating someone in the army in anti-State activities.
 

ceemac

Shake It Baby...
Village Guards
The village guard system in Southeast Turkey, created to protect locals from terrorist attacks, is frustrating the government’s efforts to encourage migrants to return and to attract investors, according to a business group. 'The guards have seized land in many villages. They want the state to need them and they want the villages to be unstable,' says a local.

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