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Kurds clash with police in southeasternTurkey

Saturday, February 01, 2014 - 00:30

Feb. 1 - Turkish riot police use water cannons and smoke grenades to disperse protesters hurling petrol bombs in southeast province of Cizre, following the funeral of a PKK rebel. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Clashes broke out in the southeastern Turkish province of Cizre on Saturday night between Kurdish protesters and the police after the funeral ceremony of a PKK rebel. Protesters hurled petrol bombs and fireworks at armored police vehicles as riot police retaliated with smoke grenades and water cannons. There were no reports of people being wounded or detained. The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) insurgency has tarnished Turkey's human rights record and crippled the economy in the mainly Kurdish southeast of the country. More than 40,000 people have been killed in fighting since 1984. Tensions has been high in the region as Syrian Kurds have been clashing with Islamist rebels in Syria's northeast in a bid to tighten their grip on an area close to the Turkish border where they have been seeking to establish autonomous rule. Their assertiveness has posed a quandary for Turkey as it tries to make peace on its own soil with militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has fought for greater Kurdish autonomy in Turkey for three decades. Turkey is sheltering around a quarter of the two million people who have fled Syria's two-and-a-half-year-old conflict and has pledged to maintain its open-door policy to refugees. Syrian Kurds number over two million of the total of more than 25 million Kurds in Syria, Turkey, Iran and Iraq - a people often described as the world's largest ethnic group without a state. Rising Kurdish assertiveness in Syria puts Turkey in a tough position as it tries to make peace with the PKK.

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Kurds clash with police in southeasternTurkey

Saturday, February 01, 2014 - 00:30