Kurdish militants enter the chemical weapons regulator

Dozens of flag-waving demonstrators from Kurdish organizations broke into the premises of the global chemical weapons monitoring agency to protest their claims that the Turkish armed forces used chemical weapons

The Hague, Netherlands-On Friday, dozens of flag-waving demonstrators from a Kurdish organization broke into the Dutch site of the Global Chemical Weapons Supervisory Agency to protest their alleged use of chemical weapons by the Turkish army.

Spokesperson Dick Goijert said the police said they arrested about 50 protesters who managed to pass security measures, including the high fence surrounding the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague.

Goijert said that a Kurdish group called DEM NED organized a protest against the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Turkish armed forces. He has no further details.

The protest photos released by the Dutch media Regio 15 showed that at least a dozen police cars lined up outside the OPCW headquarters, and dozens of protesters were holding banners and flags outside the building.

The regulator did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The organizers of the protest could not be reached.

Over the years, Turkey has repeatedly invaded northern Iraq across borders to counter the PKK, which has a base in the region.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed since the organization began its rebellion in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern region of Turkey in 1984.