Friday, February 19, 1999 Published at 10:35 GMT
Turkey shootout over Ocalan
Turks celebrate the arrest of Abdullah Ocalan
Kurdish activists and Turkish police have clashed in the country's most violent incident since Kurdish separatist leader Abdullah Ocalan was arrested on Monday night.
But the PKK - the group led by Mr Ocalan - has issued a defiant and threatening statement, saying any kind of violence would be justified in Turkey - although future protests in the rest of Europe would be peaceful.
Mr Ocalan's supporters consider him a hero for leading the PKK on its fight for a Kurdish homeland in Turkey. Turkey says he is a criminal responsible for more than 29,000 deaths.
BBC Ankara Correspondent Chris Morris says the battle-lines have been clearly drawn.
Ocalan 'to get fair trial'
Speaking in a BBC interview, Mr Ecevit said no one should criticise Turkey for putting him on trial, and foreign countries had no right to interfere.
He said Greece had paid the price for helping the PKK - a reference to the resignation of three Greek ministers on Thursday over the Ocalan affair. Mr Ecevit said that should be a lesson to any country which supports terrorism.
He said Kurds in south-eastern Turkey would be offered more economic assistance but there would never be political autonomy.
Pictures of humiliation
Turkey released more pictures of Mr Ocalan on Thursday.
Mr Ocalan, who faces murder and terrorism charges which carry the death penalty, is expected to make his first court appearance in the next few days.
Concern over Turkish response
International human rights groups have voiced concern about Turkey's treatment of both Mr Ocalan and other Kurdish activists.
Lawyers acting for Mr Ocalan have lodged an appeal on his behalf with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
They say Turkey has violated Mr Ocalan's right to a fair trial and protection from torture.
The lawyers have had no access to their client since his capture. They were turned back from Istanbul airport on Wednesday.
Across the border in northern Iraq, thousands of Turkish troops are attacking PKK camps.
A Turkish military spokesman said the incursion was a small operation against terrorists. But eyewitnesses said up to 4,000 troops with armoured vehicles were involved.
Correspondents say the aim may be to prevent Kurdish fighters from avenging their leader's capture.