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Kurds clash with police over round-the-clock curfew

Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 00:54

Hundreds of Turkish protesters demonstrating against a round-the-clock curfew clash with police in Diyarbakir, one of the largest cities in the mainly Kurdish southeast province. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Hundreds of protesters clashed with police on Sunday (February 21) in Turkey's southeast city of Diyarbakir as they demonstrated to denounce a round-the-clock curfew. Protesters hurled stones at police who retaliated with tear gas and water cannon. Enclosed by Roman city walls, Diyarbakir's Sur district has been under round-the-clock curfew since December 2, 2015. Southeastern Turkey has endured its worst violence in two decades since a 2-1/2-year-old ceasefire between the state and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants collapsed in July last year, reviving a conflict that has killed 40,000 people since 1984. The fighting has moved to urban centers as security forces try to root out PKK militants, who have dug trenches and erected barricades to protect weapon caches. Turkey, the United States and the European Union all classify the PKK as a terrorist organization. The PKK says it is fighting for autonomy for Turkey's Kurdish minority.

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Kurds clash with police over round-the-clock curfew

Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 00:54