- Title: TURKEY: Turkish police and Kurds clash.
- Date: 14th July 2012
- Summary: DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY (JULY 14, 2012) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) PRO-KURDISH DEPUTIES MARCHING POLICE BLOCKING THE ROAD PROTESTERS TRYING TO BREAK THE POLICE BARRICADE PROTESTERS HURLING STONES AND FIRING FIRECRACKERS AT ARMOURED POLICE VEHICLE RIOT POLICE ON ARMOURED VEHICLE ON ROAD YOUNG PEOPLE FIRING FIRECRACKERS AT POLICE VEHICLE ARMOURED POLICE VEHICLE RETREATING DOWN STREET MORE OF PROTESTERS FIRING FIRECRACKERS POLICE FIRING TEARGAS TYRES SET ABLAZE BURNING ON ROAD PROTESTERS APPLAUDING AND THROWING STONES AT POLICE TYRES BURNING / POLICE VEHICLES ON ROAD WATER CANNON DOUSING FIRE
- Embargoed: 29th July 2012 13:00
- Location: Turkey
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Crime
- Reuters ID: LVA4PZOOS55OSZR92944GJH8QUNC
- Story Text: Turkish police fired water cannon and teargas as they clashed with stone-throwing Kurdish protesters in southeastern Turkey on Saturday (July 14).
Kurdish members of parliament were caught up in the unrest as police and demonstrators battled on the streets of the main southeastern city of Diyarbakir, where the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) was planning to hold a rally.
The provincial governor had refused the party permission to hold the rally, planned in part to call for the release of jailed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant leader Abdullah Ocalan.
The rally coincided with the first anniversary of a declaration of "democratic autonomy" by Kurdish politicians, and it was also exactly one year after PKK guerrillas killed 13 soldiers in an attack in Diyarbakir.
Several people, including a policemen were hurt, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
More than 40,000 people have been killed since the PKK took up arms against the state in 1984 with the aim of creating a separate state in mainly Kurdish south-east Turkey.
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