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Kurdish protests turn violent in Turkey

Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 01:42

June 26 - Protests turn violent in Turkey as pro-Kurdish demonstrators decry election board ruling on pro-Kurdish politician. Deborah Lutterbeck reports

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Scores of pro-Kurdish protesters march in Istanbul Sunday to denounce an election board ruling that stripped a pro-Kurdish politician of his newly won seat in parliament. Riot police use tear gas to control the crowd. Violence erupts. Earlier this week, Turkey's pro-Kurdish BDP party decided that all its candidates will boycott parliament because of the election board ruling. The new parliament is expected to take their oath of office June 28. The Kurdish block won 36 seats out of 550 seats in Parliament. Analysts say if ethnic Kurds end up without their chosen representatives in parliament, it could reignite unrest in the mainly Kurdish southeast, where more than 40,000 people have been killed in a separatist insurgency that has dragged on since the early 1980s. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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Kurdish protests turn violent in Turkey

Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 01:42