Protesters shut Manchester's Piccadilly station

Pro-Afrin protests close London Manchester train stations

"All protesters at Manchester Piccadilly have now been safely moved from the tracks and the station has reopened".

The demonstration follows several months of conflict between Kurdish groups and Turkish forces in Afrin, northern Syria.

Around 100 protesters holding the so-called flags of the terrorist group invaded one of the two biggest stations in Manchester before moving onto tracks.

Witnesses say some passengers were in tears and faced long delays getting out of the station, which is now closed.

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".

All outbound trains have been disrupted due to track invasion and some services had to be cancelled later.

The station opened again just before 4pm GMT as the protesters left the premises.

Meanwhile, many passengers reacted on social media platforms to the protest targeting Manchester Picadilly Station.

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

Rail bosses warned of "major disruption" caused by the activists, who say they are protesting against Turkey's "support for ISIS". The station is closed.

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