Manchester Piccadilly trains halted by protesters

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All outbound train services came to a stand still in Manchester Picadilly Station on Sunday due to a protest staged by the sympathizers of the terrorist organization PYD/PKK.

The protesters, thought to be opposed to Turkey's war with Syrian Kurds scrambled onto the lines and attempted to climb onto the overhead lines forcing the closure of the station for several hours.

It is believed the protesters are in support of the YPG (People's Protection Units), a Kurdish militia group. The station is closed.

Red flags displaying the emblem of the proscribed PKK are also visible in images of the Manchester Piccadilly protest posted to social media.

A spokesman for British Transport Police said: "We were called to Manchester Piccadilly station shortly after 1pm on Sunday March 11 following reports of protesters trespassing on the tracks".

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It wrote on Twitter: "Manchester Piccadilly has been been closed until further notice".

It said "major disruption" is expected until 16:30 BST.

Among those present at the station was Chris Woodhouse, who said families were in tears on the platforms as trains bound for airports were among those cancelled because of the demonstration. The station is closed.

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