People hold a banner with the portrait of Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan during a demonstration in Paris on August 9, 2014 in support of the Kurds and Christians in Iraq. (AFP/Joel Saget)
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The outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party's 30-year conflict with Turkey is coming to an end, the group's jailed leader said Saturday, hailing the start of a new democratic process in the country.The PKK, which for three decades fought the Turkish authorities in a bloody insurgency seeking greater autonomy for Turkey's Kurdish minority, launched its armed struggle with coordinated attacks on police and security forces on Aug. 15, 1984 . The presidential election was won by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan but the HDP's candidate Selahattin Demirtas polled a respectable 9.8 percent in what Ocalan said was a breakthrough for Turkish democracy.
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