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Published Date: Wednesday 31 October 2012 - 15:43:28
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Turkish police clash with Kurds

Turkish police clash with Kurds
World  - Kurdish protesters have clashed with Turkish police in two cities to draw international attention to the deteriorating situation of hundreds of Kurdish hunger-strikers in Turkey's prisons.

In the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Tuesday, thousands of protesters held a demonstration outside a prison, where at least 650 Kurdish prisoners have been on hunger strike for six consecutive weeks.

Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protesters.

Similar protest rallies and clashes were also reported in the city of Istanbul on the same day.

  • The Kurdish hunger-strikers are demanding the right to use Kurdish language in Turkey's educational and legal system and an end to the solitary confinement of Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has snubbed the hunger strikes and put the blame on the PKK leaders. He says the government would not give in to the hunger strikes.

Meanwhile, a large number of lawmakers and mayors of the Kurdish-dominated cities of Turkey have joined the prisoners and staged hunger strikes.

The PKK has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region inside Turkey since the 1980s.

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Published Date: Wednesday 31 October 2012 - 15:43:28
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