Group arrived at around 2pm and refused to leave for two hours
A group of Kurdish protesters entered the Tory campaign headquarters in London and, despite a large police presence, refused to leave.
Reportedly scores of activists entered the building shortly before 2pm on Tuesday afternoon and set up with flags inside the lobby.
The Metropolitan police blocked off the entrance to the building and, according to live video feeds from the scene, appeared to be trying to work with protest leaders to get them to leave.
Protesters against the Government’s support of Turkey chanted “wake up UK” and “wake up Cameron”.
At 4pm, protesters filed out of the building, decrying the Turkish government’s “siege on Kurdish areas”.
Calls to the Tory headquarters were not immediately answered.
— Sarhang Hars (@sarhangg) January 5, 2016
Tension between the Kurds and Turkish authorities have escalated again in recent months as the civil war in Syria and the battle against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) continues.
Kurdistan shares a border with Syria. Its army, the Peshmerga, has been integral in the ground war against IS. However, Turkish authorities see fighters in the region as terrorists.
On December 19 Turkish troops killed 68 members of the PKK. They said their operation would not end “until security is established.”
— Jon Scammell (@JonScammell) January 5, 2016
Britain has had a strong relationship with Turkey since Prime Minister David Cameron’s state visit in 2010 when the two countries signed the Strategic Partnership, outlining wide-ranging areas of cooperation.