January 21, 2018 / 4:39 PM / 10 months ago

Turkish police use pepper spray against pro-Kurdish protesters

Riot police detain a demonstrator during a protest against Turkey's military operation in Syria's Afrin region, in Istanbul, Turkey January 21, 2018. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish police used pepper gas to disperse pro-Kurdish protesters in Ankara and Istanbul on Sunday, detaining at least 12 people in Istanbul, Reuters witnesses said.

The protesters were demonstrating against the Turkish military’s operation against a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria’s northern Afrin province.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan had earlier warned supporters of the pro-Kurdish opposition not to protest the military’s operation, saying security forces would intervene if they demonstrated.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Writing by Ece Toksabay; Editing by David Dolan

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