1 Killed in 'Kurdish Taksim' Protest in Turkey

World | June 29, 2013, Saturday // 10:22|  views

One person has been killed and nine injured after massive public unrest in near the city of Diyarbakir in Turkish Kurdistan.

Clashes began Friday, when people went to protest against the expansion of a military position near the village of Kayacik.

Citizens tried to occupy the construction site, while others gathered on the streets of nearby town of Lice.

Police have used warning shots and teargas to disperse protesters.

The unrest comes in the wake of larger rallies across major cities in the country against the regime of PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which have been going on since the end of May.

While rallies began to defend Istanbul's Gezi park against development, they quickly transformed into protests against what many see as moving away from democracy and secularism on the part of the Turkish government.

Turkey's ruling AKP party has issued a statement relating to the Diyarbakir incident, saying that a 'Kurdish version' of the Taksim events is being prepared.

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Tags: democracy, Turkish, turkey, Diyarbakir, Istanbul, protest, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, AKP, Kurdish, Kurdistan


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