Riot police unleash tear gas to disperse Kurdish protesters

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Turkish police fire tear gas, water cannon to disperse Kurdish protesters denouncing round-the-clock curfews in Diyarbakir’s Sur district in southeast Turkey. Rough Cut – Subtitled (no reporter narration)

Riot police unleash tear gas to disperse Kurdish protesters


STORY: Turkish police fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse scores of protesters demonstrating against security operations and curfews in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir on Sunday.

Hundreds of soldiers, thousands of insurgents and an estimated 170 civilians have died since Turkey’s three-decade-long conflict with militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) started up again last year.

Turkey resumed strikes on the autonomy-seeking PKK after a 2-1/2 year ceasefire collapsed in July, and the southeast is seeing the worst violence in two decades. The PKK took up arms against the state in 1984, and more than 40,000 people, mainly Kurds, have died.

Footage shot on Sunday showed protesters running away as police fired water cannon and tear gas.

Security sources also said a Turkish police officer and a soldier were killed by sniper fire and two Kurdish militants were shot dead in separate incidents in Diyarbakir.

Two police officers were also wounded by shrapnel from a homemade explosive during operations in the district of Sur in Diyarbakir. The soldier was shot and killed on Sunday, while the police officer was hit on Saturday (January 16) before succumbing to his wounds a day later, they said.

Sur has been under a round-the-clock curfew since Dec. 2 as security forces try to eject PKK militants from urban centers.

President Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to continue operations until the PKK threat is eradicated.

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