Turkish authorities have detained 88 people over suspected links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the Interior Ministry said on Friday.

The operation across seven provinces was carried out to prevent possible attacks on the fourth anniversary of protests by Kurds that killed and wounded dozens of people across the country, the ministry said in a statement.

The Oct. 6-7, 2014 demonstrations were sparked by Kurds’ demand that the government do more to protect the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani from Islamic States militants.

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