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Police close London King's Cross station amid pro-Kurdish protests

13 March, 2018, 06:10 | Author: Samuel Sharp
  • The protest was organised by the Kurdish community

Police have successfully dealt with a large protest outside London Kings Cross station and the station has now been reopened.

National Rail said King's Cross station has been fully re-opened but trains there may still face delay or revision as the service recovers, according to BBC.

"Trains continue to be able to arrive and depart from this station as normal and customers are now able to access the platforms".

Virgin Trains said on Twitter that it was in the process of contacting trains which were already on the move, and asked passengers to listen out to announcements from their on-board train managers.

Similar events took place across Europe in support of Afrin, the besieged Syrian city which Kurds claim is being "ethnically cleansed" by the Turkish military.

Officers used batons to hold back the crowd.


A National Rail statement said: "A trespass incident at Manchester Piccadilly is causing disruption to trains at the stations".

Hours earlier pro-Kurdish demonstrators jumped onto the tracks at Manchester Piccadilly station, forcing the station to shut.

"The station has been closed to trains while officers at the scene work to ensure their safe removal and the reopening of the station".

"Those involved in this afternoon's incident will be subject to intense investigation with a view to arrest and prosecution".

Red flags displaying the emblem of the proscribed PKK were visible in images of the Manchester Piccadilly protest posted on social media.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: "The station will remain closed until all protesters have been removed".

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