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Greece: Pro-Kurdish protesters hold rally outside US consulate in Thessaloniki

Greece, Thessaloniki
October 18, 2019 at 03:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of Kurds and pro-Kurdish protesters gathered outside the US Consulate in Thessaloniki on Thursday to protest the US withdrawal from northern Syria and Turkey's military operations in the area.

Protesters can be seen waving Kurdish flags and placards, and chanting "Erdogan, Terrorist!"

One protester can be seen crying as she participates in the rally.

Earlier in the day, police reportedly detained 12 people who held a protest at the birthplace of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey.

Earlier on Thursday, US Vice President Mike Pence announced a five-day ceasefire in Turkey's military offensive, dubbed 'Operation Peace Spring,' which began on October 9, days after the White House announced a withdrawal of US troops from the area. Ankara said the aim of the offensive was to create a 'safe zone' cleared of Kurdish groups.

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Hundreds of Kurds and pro-Kurdish protesters gathered outside the US Consulate in Thessaloniki on Thursday to protest the US withdrawal from northern Syria and Turkey's military operations in the area.

Protesters can be seen waving Kurdish flags and placards, and chanting "Erdogan, Terrorist!"

One protester can be seen crying as she participates in the rally.

Earlier in the day, police reportedly detained 12 people who held a protest at the birthplace of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey.

Earlier on Thursday, US Vice President Mike Pence announced a five-day ceasefire in Turkey's military offensive, dubbed 'Operation Peace Spring,' which began on October 9, days after the White House announced a withdrawal of US troops from the area. Ankara said the aim of the offensive was to create a 'safe zone' cleared of Kurdish groups.

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