LEYLA ZANA, a popular Kurdish politician, once declared: "I no longer believe in the Turkish parliament. I will not run again." In 1991 she won a seat in the mainly Kurdish province of Diyarbakir, in south-east Turkey. Three years later she was stripped of her parliamentary immunity and sentenced to 15 years in prison for belonging to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a group of armed insurgents. Her biggest crime was to accompany her oath with a short speech in Kurdish. No matter that she called for brotherhood between Turks and Kurds; she spent ten years inside.
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