Turmoil continues in southeast Turkey

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Turkish police disperse protesters demonstrating against security operations in southeast as battle against Turkish militants rages on. Rough Cut – subtitled (no reporter narration).

Turmoil continues in southeast Turkey


STORY: Turkish police fired tear gas to disperse several hundred protesters demonstrating against security operations and curfews in the southeast, on Tuesday (December 28).

Violence in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast has flared up since the collapse of ceasefire in July. Fighting has been particularly intense in the last two weeks and the military says more than 210 Kurdish militants have been killed.

A ceasefire between the government and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) collapsed in July. Since then, Ankara has imposed round-the-clock curfews in many areas.

Police fired tear gas in the street of Cizre town to stop locals violating the curfew which has been in place for two weeks.

The latest security operations, which media reports said were being conducted with 10,000 police and troops backed by tanks, were the largest since the end of the ceasefire.

Although traditionally rooted in the countryside, the PKK has shifted its focus in recent years to towns and cities in the southeast, digging trenches and setting up barricades in streets to keep security forces away.

The PKK launched its insurgency in 1984 and more than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict. Peace talks between its jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan and the Turkish state ground to a halt early this year.

The PKK is classified as a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

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