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Catherine Drucker discovers that an interest in Kurdish folk dancing can attract Special Branch

By Catherine Drucker   January 1997

In the days when airport security checks were still a novelty, the ageing poet, WH Auden, wrote of his astonishment that “myopic, middle class me” had been searched by the police for weapons. As a middle class, middle aged and even more myopic person, I too have had a startling encounter with the police. On 18th September, my office at Med-TV, the Kurdish language satellite broadcaster operating under licence from London, was raided by police from Scotland Yard’s special branch. They came in plain clothes, but in force. The three stunned employees present in the office, myself and two colleagues,…

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