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Kurds clash with police in southeast Turkey

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 01:02

Thousands of protesters clash with police in Turkey's southeast province of Diyarbakir as they denounce round-the-clock curfews in historic Sur district. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Thousands of people clashed with police on Saturday (February 27) in the southeast Turkish city of Diyarbakir to protest against round-the-clock curfew in historic Sur district. Protesters hurled stones at police who retaliated with tear gas and water cannon. At least one protester was detained in clashes. A ceasefire with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) collapsed in July, wrecking a 2-1/2 year peace process that had been seen as Turkey's best chance at ending three decades of conflict in the region. Hundreds of militants and security force members have been killed since July, triggering the worst violence in two decades. The violence has wrecked hopes for a peace deal. The conflict has killed more than 40,000 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. Authorities say they have been storing arms during the truce. Enclosed by Roman city walls, Sur district has been under round-the-clock curfew since December 2, 2015. 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 in southeast Turkey

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 01:02