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Sunday, February 21, 1999 Published at 16:22 GMT

World: Middle East

Iranian Kurds demonstrate for Ocalan

Iranian Kurds have held protests in a number of areas against the seizure by Turkey of the Turkish Kurd separatist leader, Abdullah Ocalan.

The biggest were in the capital, Teheran, and the north-western town of Orumieh.

A BBC Iranian Affairs correspondent says that at first, the Iranian authorities encouraged the demonstrations, to focus on the alleged role of Israeli agents in the seizure of Mr Ocalan in Kenya last week.

But exiled Iranian Kurds say the protests later turned violent, with the security forces opening fire to try to stop any expression of grievances at the way the Iranians treat their own Kurdish minority.

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