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Protests erupt in Turkey's southeast after mayor's arrest

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 00:47

Turkish police fire tear gas and water cannons at protesters in southeastern city of Van after authorities detain the mayor. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannons at activists protesting the arrest of the southeastern city of Van's mayor Bekir Kaya on Thursday. State-run Anadolu Agency said police detained Kaya at the council offices in the city on the shores of Lake Van, the heart of a province with a population of 1.1 million. Kaya was sentenced to 15 years in jail in January on a charge of "terror group membership", the agency said, but was appealing the verdict. It said the interior ministry appointed Van Governor Ibrahim Tasyapan to run the municipality in place of Kaya, who is from the sister party of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), parliament's second biggest opposition party. Turkey is fighting an insurgency by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants, but its arrest of many pro-Kurdish politicians and journalists in the crackdown has triggered concern among its Western allies.

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Protests erupt in Turkey's southeast after mayor's arrest

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 00:47