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Turkish police clash with pro-Kurdish protesters

Friday, November 04, 2016 - 00:51

Turkish riot police charge at protesters gathered in Ankara to denounce the detention of several pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party leaders. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Turkish riot police clashed in Ankara on Friday (November 4) with supporters of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) after authorities arrested two of its leaders and at least nine other party lawmakers. A spokesman for HDP, parliament's second-biggest opposition grouping, said the detentions risked triggering civil war. The group of protesters chanting slogans tried to reach the party offices, but were stopped by police before they could enter the street, a Reuters witness said. President Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling AK Party accuse the HDP of links to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is deemed a terrorist organisation by the United States and the European Union. The HDP, which won more than 5 million votes in the last general election a year ago, denies direct links. The arrests, which drew swift condemnation from the European Union, come as Turkey has detained or suspended more than 110,000 officials in the wake of a failed July coup. Turkey is considering reintroducing the death penalty, and earlier this week journalists from a leading opposition newspaper were detained.

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Turkish police clash with pro-Kurdish protesters

Friday, November 04, 2016 - 00:51