Kurdish new year celebrations, Diyarbakir, March 21 2006

These photos were taken at the Diyarbakir Newroz (New Year) celebrations in March of 2006. The celebrations came about a week before the wave of demonstrations that swept Diyarbakir and other cities, resulting in the deaths of at least 10 people and the arrests of hundreds. Many people were arrested after the new year festival for waving the PKK flag or showing other material in support of the PKK. Click on the photos to enlarge them.