Monday, November 21, 2005

One killed, two injured in violent Kurdish protests in Turkey

ISTANBUL : One person was killed and two injured Sunday when Kurdish demonstrators clashed with the police in southern Turkey, bringing to five the death toll from violent protests and riots that erupted earlier this month, local officials told Anatolia news agency. The man died in hospital from a gunshot injury, Anatolia reported, without saying whether the security forces used weapons during the clashes in the Mediterranean city of Mersin. Local deputy police chief Suleyman Ekizer blamed the unrest on supporters of the rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), considered a terrorist group by Ankara, adding that a judicial probe had been launched into the incident. The clashes broke out when riot police used armoured vehicles to dislodge a group of protestors chanting pro-PKK slogans who blocked a street using garbage containers.

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