UK: Pro-Kurdish protesters demand British response to Turkish campaign in Afrin

Pro-Kurdish activists protested outside the Palace of Westminster in London on Wednesday, to demand that British politicians speak out against the Turkish military incursion into Syria's Afrin and against UK arms sales to Turkey. The protest took place during a Prime Minister's Questions session inside Parliament.

The protesters exhibited numerous placards and banners condemning the incursion, as well as photographs depicting damage and casualties from the Turkish bombing.

"The Kurdish community are absolutely enraged and we're here outside Parliament for PMQs to urge the politicians inside the house to speak out, and for the Labour Party especially to put pressure on the UK government to stop British arms sales to Turkey," said Mark Campbell, a Kurdish rights campaigner.

Turkey has been bombing targets in and around Afrin as part of operation 'Olive Branch' since January 20, targeting Kurdish militants across its border.

Turkey views the Kurdish YPG militia, which is active in northern Syria, as an extension of the banned militant group the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

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