Amedspor's chairman, Ali Karakas, draws a parallel between such reactions and the "polarised political atmosphere" in Turkey.

"Football is at the centre of politics in Turkey," he says.

"Some circles use it as a means to express their political views, as it appeals to large and young masses. And in today's Turkey, where politicians use a discriminatory tone, that is reflected on the pitch."

Turkey has a long history of struggle and violence dating back to the 1980s between the PKK and the Turkish security forces. About 40,000 people have been killed since the PKK took up arms against the Turkish state.

While the current AKP government made efforts towards reconciliation after coming to power, the Kurdish-majority south-eastern region of Turkey enjoyed only a few years of peace, between 2012 and 2015.

Since 2015, Diyarbakir and its wider region have been at the centre of another phase of urban warfare between Kurdish militants and security forces.

Between July 2015 and December 2016, Turkey imposed curfews and boosted security in the region, amid political turmoil. PKK militants declared self-rule in many areas, digging trenches and building barricades in the streets. Turkish security forces retaliated with military operations.

According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, some 2,000 people were killed in the conflict and more than 355,000 people were internally displaced, escaping the fighting on their doorstep.

In February 2016, as the violence in the region reached its peak, Amedspor players walked on to the pitch holding a giant banner that read "Children Should Not Die, They Should Come to The Match".

With this slogan, fans and the team were accused of "making terrorist propaganda" and they received a series of penalties. Supporters have been banned from over 60 away games over the past three years. "Security reasons" were given as justification.

Since then, many of their slogans and banners have been deemed "ideological propaganda".

When I visited fans at the Resistance club, they were painting a banner in support of Mansur Calar ahead of their next home game, against Sancaktepe.

It read: "Mansur Calar is not alone". They hoped to get it into the stands where they were not allowed.

But come match day, when I stepped inside the deserted stadium, neither banner nor fans were anywhere to be seen.

Supporters later told me delegates of the football federation had prevented them from displaying it.

"We are legal fans of a legal club that play in the Turkish league," says Mahsum Kazikci.

"We support our team the same way as other team fans do. And we'll continue to do that."

"What shall we do?" asks fan club leader Ramazan Tugay. "If it's a crime to say: 'Mothers should not cry but watch their kids play football', what shall we say? We want to shout for peace in football."

Similar feelings are expressed by Erdal Akdemir, Amedspor's Barikat (Barricade) fan club leader.

"We are citizens of this country but we also have distinct a language, culture and identity. We are Kurds and we are Amedspor's Kurdish fans. Nobody should ignore us," he says.

The region and its Kurdish identity are seen as "the main reasons for the hostile attitude" the club faces, according to Amedspor's female fan club leader, Beritan Akyol.

She adds: "We are used to the bans and punishments as these lands are deemed as a potentially criminal region."

This sentiment is also present around the matches of Amedspor's women's team, who play in Turkey's top division. Fans who are not allowed to watch Amedspor's male team's home games often rally behind the women's team instead.

Complaining about the heavy security presence in a match against the region's other Kurdish-majority team, Hakkarigucu, Amedspor's female players emerge from the changing rooms and are heard saying: "What is this, are we going to a war or a football ground?"

Only a few days later, on 23 March, Amedspor manage to get permission for their fans to attend an away game in Istanbul, against Eyupspor. It is only the second away match in over three years where Amedspor supporters are allowed into the stands.

There is again a heavy police presence, the security forces are quite intimidating. But with the fans' eyes on the pitch, and police officers' eyes on the fans, chants are heard from the Amedspor stands in support of both teams, rallying behind a message of unity.

"Amedspor - Eyupspor! Hand in hand, arm in arm, both teams unite! Peace in the stadium! Hey, pro-government media, do you hear us? Do you see us chanting for peace?"

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