Turkish police disperse Kurdish protesters

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Turkish riot police use water cannon and tear gas to disperse Kurdish protesters marching against a curfew and military operations in Turkey’s southeast. Rough Cut – subtitled (no reporter narration).

Turkish police disperse Kurdish protesters


Turkish riot police used tear gas and water cannons on Thursday (December 31) to disperse a crowd of Kurdish demonstrators who were staging a protest in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir against military operations in the region and a curfew imposed in the district of Sur.

Protesters were marching along the city’s snow covered streets when water cannons began jetting water over the protesters and tear gas was fired from a police vehicle.

People were seen kneeling on the ground struggling to breathe.

Turkish military tanks also pounded Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) targets in Cizre, a southeastern town at the heart of the military operation in which President Tayyip Erdogan has pledged to root out Kurdish militants in the region.

In his New Year statement, Erdogan vowed no let-up in the military campaign which he said had killed more than 3,000 mostly Kurdish militants this year in some of the heaviest fighting since their insurgency began three decades ago.

The PKK first took up arms in 1984 to push for greater autonomy in the largely Kurdish southeast.

The violence has preoccupied the NATO member’s armed forces and complicated international efforts to fight Islamic State in neighbouring Syria, where a Kurdish group linked to the PKK is fighting the jihadists.

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