Kurdish Protesters Throughout Turkey Clash with Police


ISTANBUL (Hurriyet)–Violent clashes that started Monday in Turkey continued Tuesday morning in the eastern province of Hakkari.

Around 300 people gathered in the Yuksekova district center to celebrate the founding of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and protest the prison conditions of the PKK’s jailed leader, Abdullah Ocalan, the news site CNNTurk reported Tuesday.

Nazif Ataman, the head of the district office of the Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) and other party officials called on the protesters to disperse and asked shop owners to open their stores in the district. The crowd refused to disperse and police warned the protesters. The protesters threw stones at the police, who responded with tear gas.

In the Semdinli district of Hakkari, which borders Iran and Iraq, many shop owners did not open their stores Tuesday.

A group also clashed with police in the Dolapdere neighborhood of Istanbul’s Beyoglu district Monday evening. Some 60 people chanting slogans praising the PKK entered Dolapdere Avenue and threw Molotov cocktails at the police waiting for them at the end of the street. The group dispersed after special security forces used tear gas.

There were other violent incidents in the Esenyurt and Atasehir districts of Istanbul on Monday evening. A group threw Molotov cocktails in a shop in Esenyurt and fled; the fire department later extinguished the fire. In Atasehir, members of a group that threw Molotov cocktails and stones at security forces fled after the police used tear gas.

In the southern province of Antalya, an unknown number of protesters were taken into custody by security forces Monday night. Some PKK supporters blocked traffic in the Gunes district of Antalya and started to sing and dance. They did not respond to security forces’ warning to disperse and some started to throw stones. When the police responded to the group, the protesters dispersed.


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  1. szordin said:

    It’s a shame that Asbarez bewares to use word “terrorist” in this report. They exploded bombs near marketplaces, bus-stops, kidnapped and murdered teachers, engineers. By all those terrorist actions, about 30000 people died so far. It’s just last week they fired up a young woman in a bus with a molotov cocktail. But you hate Turkish people so much, you can forget about their attacks and still denying to call them as a terrorist. Shame on you…

  2. Jacque armoudikian said:

    Hi there Szordin.
    Before you call these people terrorists, look in the mirror. When you suppress, corner and dehumanise  people they turn to violence. the answer is in the Turkish government’s actions.
    No one agrees with violence but sometimes that’s the only way you can have your voice heard.
    By the way Asbarez is a news paper not an analyser. We in the free world don’t label people the way it suits us we report it as is, something that is forbidden in the Turkish world, as you know.
    good luck.

  3. szordin said:

    Hello Jacque Armoudikian;
    First of all,
    It’s true that Turkey had some unfair treatments to minorities and it’s open to criticism. As a farmer/peasant country which just survived from a very though war with a low education level, i think it could be excused.  But, as education level is getting higher we resolved most of those issues. In fact, if you check up, Turkey gives minorities more rights than any european country today. I don’t think any unfair treatment they are fighting for. They just terrorizing to steal our land.
    I don’t think that violance/terrorism is only way to get your voice heard. People and societies always have choices. They are not cornered or supressed as you claim. They did do same actions even Turkey has  a kurdish President (Turgut Özal). Today, there is a political party named DTP in our parlament, speaking freely, giving votes. They are represented in parlament, just same as us. They have same rights as us in all areas. But it’s not enough for them…
    “Before you call these people terrorists, look in the mirror. When you suppress, corner and dehumanise  people they turn to violence. the answer is in the Turkish government’s actions.”
    I want you to explain which of Turkish government’s actions had forced them to terrorizing.
    i want you to think that if they did same things in your country, if they kill you friends, family members (just because of they are not satisfied to represented in parlament and want to get new ways to enforce their selfish demands), could u symphatize with them like now?