Turkish police forces suppress Kurdish protest in central Istanbul

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Turkish riot police firing tear gas at protesters in Istanbul's Taksim square. File photo

ARA News 

ISTANBUL – Hundreds of Kurdish activists protested on Sunday in Istanbul’s main Taksim square to condemn the Turkish violent crackdown on Kurdish towns southeast the country.

The Turkish police fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse the Kurdish protesters.  

The protesters demanded the Turkish army to withdraw from the Kurdish towns of Cizre and Silopi in the southeastern province of Şırnak, where curfew was imposed amid military operations allegedly aimed at hitting rebels of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). 

At least three protesters were arrested by the Turkish riot police as the rest escaped the crackdown, an informed source told ARA News in Istanbul. 

“We organized a peaceful protest to raise legitimate demands, appealing to the authorities to stop the brutal crackdown on the Kurdish people southeast the country,” said Saman Ello, one of the protesters.

“However, the police forces have violently beaten protesters and used tear gas, then they arrested four peaceful activists while the rest escaped Taksim square through side streets,” he told ARA News. 

More than 10,000 Turkish military forces have stormed the Kurdish towns of Cizre and Silopi over the last four days. Under the pretext of pursuing PKK members, the Turkish troops bombed residential buildings, schools and infrastructure facilities in the stricken Kurdish towns.

Reporting by: Eyaz Ciziri

Source: ARA News 

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