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The Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (Kurdish: Tevgera Ciwanen Welatparêzên Şoreşger, Turkish: Yurtsever Devrimci Gençlik Hareket, YDG-H) was the urban, militant youth wing of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Trained by more experienced PKK cadres for urban fighting, and consisting mostly of children and adults in the 15-25 age group, it was reportedly established in 2006. The group started to clash with Turkish security forces and tried to enforce their authority in the areas they were located in 2014 as part of a strategy which involved unilateral declaration of self-management in various towns in Southeast Anatolia, and creation of trenches and barricades reinforced with IEDs and explosives to deny security forces access to the urban areas.
|Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement|
|Yurtsever Devrimci Gençlik Hareketi (YDG-H)|
Tevgera Ciwanen Welatparêzên Şoreşger
Flag of the YDG-H
|Dates of operation||2013–2015|
|Succeeded by||Civil Protection Units (YPS)|
|Active region(s)||Southeastern Anatolia Region (Turkey)|
The group was in favor of regional self-management for the Kurdish people in Southeast Anatolia. Other claimed objectives of the YDG-H include stopping all activities related to drugs and prostitution, and other similar crimes in the region.
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