On the Road

Witnessing the War of Symbols in Eastern Turkey

Dec 26, 2018 | 11:00 GMT
People hold pictures depicting victims of the Dersim operation in the 1930s, behind a placard marking the 79th anniversary of the genocide during a demonstration on May 4, 2016 in Istanbul.

People hold pictures depicting victims of the Dersim operation in the 1930s, behind a placard marking the 79th anniversary of the genocide during a demonstration on May 4, 2016 in Istanbul. Turkey has cracked down on places like Dersim, now known officially as Tunceli, since the country's peace process broke down in 2015.

(OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Renewed hostilities between Ankara and the Kurds have laid waste to much of eastern Anatolia. Though the intensity of the physical war has diminished, the fight over symbols has not. A recent trip to eastern Turkey to the mostly Kurdish towns of Tunceli and Diyarbakir provides a first-hand view at the Turkish state's current attitude toward the area....

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