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Clashes erupt in Turkey’s main Kurdish city after elections

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A protester prepares to throw a stone as pallets burn during clashes between Turkish riot policemen and Kurdish protesters in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, November 1, 2015. (Photo by AFP)

Clashes have erupted between Turkish police and suspected militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the country’s troubled southeast.

The latest fighting erupted outside the headquarters of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in the main Kurdish city of Diyarbakir on Sunday evening.

AFP said gunshots were heard across the violence-hit region.

However, it was not immediately known if there were any casualties.

Meanwhile, Turkish riot policemen and Kurdish protesters also clashed in Diyarbakir late Sunday after results from the country’s snap parliamentary elections were announced, showing a victory for the Justice and Development Party (AKP).

People react as smoke billows from burning pallets set on fire during clashes between Turkish riot policemen and Kurdish protesters in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, November 1, 2015. (Photo by AFP)

 

Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse the Kurdish individuals who were protesting the AKP victory.

HDP managed to become the first pro-Kurdish movement in parliament and received enough seats to block an AKP majority in the previous elections.

AKP accuses HDP of backing the outlawed Kurdistan PKK militant group, which has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region inside Turkey since the 1980s.

The Turkish military has been conducting offensives against the alleged positions of the Takfiri Daesh terrorists in northern Syria as well as those of the PKK in northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey.


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