Turkish authorities have arrested popular singer and DJ Omar Suleiman over alleged links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) rebel group.
According to his son and Turkish media, Suleiman was arrested by the Turkish authorities for his alleged links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party. His son denied the accusation in all languages. According to his manager, the man was arrested at his home in Sanliurfa in southeastern Turkey where he had been running a bakery since 2011.
Solomon started his career as a DJ and performer at weddings. He managed to break through internationally with his song, among others “Warn me. His style is an original mix of Arabic and Kurdish dabke and electronics. The 55-year-old musician has recorded more than 500 albums.
Suleiman hails from the Hasaka region in northern Syria, near the Turkish border. In 2011, he fled the Syrian civil war and settled across the border in Sanliurfa.
Back to Syria
It remains unclear where the allegations against Suleiman come from. The singer herself is of Arab-Syrian descent but comes from a Kurdish-majority area. Suleiman’s manager said he would be questioned about reports that he had recently traveled in Syria to an area under the control of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Kurdish-controlled Syria. According to the Turkish authorities, it is The YPG is the Syrian arm of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party.
In recent years, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been very keen to nip any opposition in the bud by imprisoning people and perpetuating censorship on social media.
Omar Suleiman sang several times in Belgium. In 2014 he was on stage at Pukkelpop.
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