Friday, February 19, 1999 Published at 19:08 GMT
Kurdish arrests 'reach 1,000'
Kurdish anger in Tehran outside the Turkish embassy
Human rights groups say more than 1,000 Kurdish activists have now been arrested in Turkey as the authorities try to end protests against the capture of Abdullah Ocalan, the Kurdish rebel leader.
But prosecutors were prevented from reaching the island of Imrali after violent snowstorms meant neither sea nor air transport to the island were safe, the Anatolia news agency reported.
Mr Ocalan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), was arrested by Turkish agents in Kenya on Tuesday after a fortnight staying in the Greek embassy in Nairobi.
An unknown number of prisoners in jails across the country are reported to be on hunger strike.
Correspondents say Turkey wants to capitalise on its arrest of Mr Ocalan by attacking now-leaderless PKK forces and destroying guerrilla bases from where PKK operations are launched.
Baghdad, which has nominal sovereignty over northern Iraq but no presence there, has strongly condemned the Turkish incursion.
Ocalan trial concerns
There have been international calls for Mr Ocalan to receive a fair trial in Turkey, which has in the past been accused of human rights abuses.
Speaking in a BBC interview, Mr Ecevit said countries which refused to try Mr Ocalan after he had left Syria were not in a position to criticise Turkey.
Human rights groups have accused Turkey of already violating the law by refusing Mr Ocalan access to a lawyer of his own choosing.
The defence team was not allowed into Turkey when its members arrived on Wednesday.
Britta Boehler told an Arabic newspaper on Friday that there was solid information about intelligence co-operation between the US and Greece to get Mr Ocalan out of Europe where it would be easier for him to be snatched.
Demonstrations against Turkey, Greece, and the United States and Israel, which many Kurds believe to have been involved in Mr Ocalan's abduction, have continued in various cities with Kurdish populations.
In Lebanon, about 3,000 Kurds, some of whom travelled from Syria, marched through the centre of the capital, Beirut.
In Iran, there have been protests in the capital Tehran and the city of Urumiyeh near the border with Turkey in Iran's Kurdish region.
One report said more than 2,000 Kurds demonstrated outside the Turkish embassy shouting "Turkey we will burn you."
Demonstrations are continuing outside the Greek embassy in London after Thursday's arrest of 77 protesters who had occupied the building.
On Wednesday, Israeli security guards shot dead three protesters who were among dozens of Kurdish activist who had stormed the Israeli consulate in Berlin.