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UK News King's Cross closes amid pro-Kurdish demonstration

00:07  12 march  2018
00:07  12 march  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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King ' s Cross in London has been closed amid a pro - Kurdish demonstration at the station. According to National Rail, there is only one exit currently functioning at the station as police address "an incident" outside.

Pro - Kurdish demonstrators have caused delays and disruption at Kings Cross station in London. The train station was temporarily closed as police stopped protesters from accessing the tracks, British Transport Police said.

The protesters on the tracks. Pic: Chris Woodhouse © Other The protesters on the tracks. Pic: Chris Woodhouse King's Cross in London has been closed amid a pro-Kurdish demonstration at the station.

The demonstration in London comes hours after a similar protest forced the closure of Manchester Piccadilly railway station.

Similar events are taking place across Europe as social media users say they are demonstrating in support of Afrin, the besieged city which Kurds claim is being "ethnically cleansed" by the Turkish military.

According to National Rail, there is only one exit currently functioning at King's Cross as police address "an incident" outside.

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King ' s Cross Station was temporarily closed in central London on Sunday, as police tried to stop pro - Kurdish protesters from accessing the tracks. According to reports, the demonstration followed a similar protest, which forced the closure of Manchester Piccadilly Station

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Police officers blocked the entrance of King ' s Cross station in London to stop pro - Kurdish protesters from coming in, after demonstrations in Manchester Piccadilly ended in station shutting down.

At a protest against the Turkish offensive held at the airport in Dusseldorf, brawls broke out between Kurdish and Turkish demonstrators.

At the time of Manchester Piccadilly's closure, BTP's superintendent Mark Cleland said: "While we appreciate and respect the right to peaceful protest, when this compromises the safety of the public and the protesters themselves, any offenders will attract the full investigative resources of BTP.

The demonstrators waving Kurdish political flags. Pic: @cannychad © Other The demonstrators waving Kurdish political flags. Pic: @cannychad "Those involved in this afternoon's incident will be subject to intense investigation with a view to arrest and prosecution.

"We will continue to maintain a police presence at this station and at other stations across the rail network."

Among those present at Manchester Piccadilly was Chris Woodhouse, who said families were in tears on the platforms as trains bound for airports were among those cancelled because of the demonstration.

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Turkish authorities have imposed curfews in at least five provinces, amid growing pro - Kurdish protests on Wednesday. Turkey opposes allowing PKK fighters to cross into Syria, despite the organization vowing to battle I. S . to defend Kobani.

Images on social media showed protesters sitting on train tracks with yellow banners in support of the YPG (People's Protection Units), a Kurdish militia group.

Police have closed King's Cross station. Pic: Louise Acheson © Other Police have closed King's Cross station. Pic: Louise Acheson Some read: "Stop Turkey from helping ISIS terrorists".

The demonstration follows several months of conflict between Kurdish groups and Turkish forces in Afrin, northern Syria.

Sky News was the first British broadcaster to reach the besieged city and saw first hand dozens of civilian casualties and victims of the Turkish offensive.

Turkey regards the YPG as a terrorist group, although it is not a proscribed organisation.

The government in Ankara has accused the YPG of supporting another armed Kurdish organisation, the PKK (the Kurdistan Workers' Party), which is considered a terrorist group by NATO.

Red flags displaying the emblem of the proscribed PKK are also visible in images of the Manchester Piccadilly protest posted to social media.

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