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Turkey police disperse PKK protesters in southeastern province

English.news.cn   2014-03-09 22:05:48

ANKARA, March 9 (Xinhua) -- Turkish Police dispersed protesters of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) in southeastern Turkey, private Dogan news agency reported on Sunday.

A group of sympathizers of the PKK organization first blocked the Ipek Yolu Highway connecting Silopi town to Habur Border Gate in the southeastern Turkish province of Sirnak, building barricades out of stones and barrels and carrying out identity checks, according to the report.

The protest turned violent after demonstrators hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails at the riot police and police vehicles in Istiklal Avenue in Silopi.

The police fired water cannons, tear gas and used pepper spray to disperse the demonstrators, added the report.

Turkish authorities started peace negotiations with the PKK in October 2012, which led to a ceasefire in March 2013. PKK fighters last May started to return to their strongholds in northern Iraq.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist group by Turkey and other countries, took up arms in 1984 in an attempt to create an ethnic homeland for the Kurds in southeastern Turkey. Since then, over 40, 000 people have been killed in conflicts involving the group.

Editor: Yang Yi
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