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Protesters say Turkey's Erdogan must step-down

Friday, April 01, 2016 - 01:07

Demostrators unite in Washington, DC, calling Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan a terrorist whose rule must be overthrown. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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They came to protest against Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, calling him, among other things, a terrorist, for his hardline stance against Turkey's Kurdish community seeking independence. Erdogan was delivering a speech across the road at the Brookings Institution. While thousands of miles away, in the Turkish city of Diyarbakir, police were investigating a bomb attack that killed several of their colleagues. An attack, Erdogan calls outrageous. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TURKISH PRESIDENT, TAYYIP ERDOGAN, SAYING: "As we corner the terrorist organizations, the terrorist organization shows its heinous face through such attacks and acts." Southeastern Turkey has been beset by violence since a ceasefire between the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party and the government collapsed last July. Thousands of militants have been killed in the conflict. Erdogan says his government's fight is a simple matter of Turkish security. But these protesters says it's time to give the Kurds what they want... and hold Erdogan accountable.

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Protesters say Turkey's Erdogan must step-down

Friday, April 01, 2016 - 01:07