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Kurds clash with police in southeastern Turkey

Sunday, August 09, 2015 - 01:38

Police and Kurdish protesters clash for the second night in a row in southeastern Turkey. Sean Carberry reports.

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STORY: For the second night in a row, protesters and petrol bombs lit up the night sky in southeastern Turkey. On Friday, three people were killed and seven wounded during clashes between police and members of the Kurdistan Workers Party or PKK. That prompted PKK supporters to take to the streets Friday night and again on Saturday. The leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish political party urged the militant PKK to "remove its finger from the trigger" and said the government should launch talks to halt a surge in violence. The militant PKK has long fought to create an independent Kurdistan, but agreed to a ceasefire in 2013 to negotiate with the Turkish government. Meanwhile, in Germany and in Paris, large numbers of Kurds came out to denounce policies of the Turkish government. Representative of the Democratic Council of Kurdistan in Paris, Yekbun Eksen, said it was up to the government to embrace the now fragile peace process. (SOUNDBITE) (French) REPRESENTATIVE OF THE DEMOCRATIC COUNCIL OF KURDISTAN IN PARIS, YEKBUN EKSEN, SAYING: "Turkey has to change, has to stop its anti-Kurdish policy, because it also obscures the other threats in the region, like Islamic State, and it's an obstacle for peace in the Middle East, it's an obstacle for peace in Turkey, for all people living in Turkey," Violence has swept eastern Turkey since last month when the PKK ramped up attacks on security forces and Ankara launched reciprocal air strikes against the militants in Turkey and northern Iraq.

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Kurds clash with police in southeastern Turkey

Sunday, August 09, 2015 - 01:38