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Turkish Kurds clash with police

Monday, June 13, 2011 - 01:28

June 13 - Clashes break out in the Sanliurfa province of Turkey over false rumors that a pro-Kurdish candidate could not be elected MP. Sunita Rappai reports.

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Plain clothes police officers chase and beat supporters of a pro-Kurdish politician in Sanliurfa, Turkey. The violence happened in the Kurdish province during Sunday's general election following a false rumour that a Kurdish Peace and Democracy (or BDP) Party candidate could not be elected. Ibrahim Binici's supporters accused police of tampering with the results. Tensions eased later after it was announced that he had been elected. The BDP is an offshoot of the Democratic Society Party, banned two years ago for links to the militant Kurdistan Workers Party. They launched a civil disobedience campaign in March, pushing for more rights and ultimately autonomy for Turkey's Kurds. Thirty-six BDP-backed candidates, who ran as independents to circumvent Turkey's electoral rules, were elected in Sunday's polls. Incumbent Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AK party won the election with nearly 50 per cent of the vote. Sunita Rappai, Reuters

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Turkish Kurds clash with police

Monday, June 13, 2011 - 01:28