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30 March 2006

Diyarbakir: Three Killed As Kurdish-Turks Riot in Turkey

A Turkish riot police uses a catapult against the demonstrators during clashes in southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir, March 30, 2006. The violence erupted on Tuesday after funeral ceremonies for 14 guerrillas of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), killed by security forces in a military operation last weekend.
30 Mar 2006 REUTERS/Anatolian News Agency
(AP) Riot police fired water cannons and used pepper spray to disperse stone-throwing Kurdish rioters Wednesday in a second day of violence that an official said left at least three people dead and 250 injured in southeastern Turkey.Gov. Efkan Ala said 2,500 to 3,000 rioters, including many children, participated in the two days of clashes in Diyarbakir after funerals for Kurdish guerrillas killed by Turkish troops last week. Full article

Kurdish protesters hurl stones at Turkish para-military police standing behind an armoured personnel vehicle during clashes in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir March 30, 2006. Thousands of Kurdish protesters lobbed stones and Molotov cocktails at Turkish police on Thursday in a third day of street battles in which three people were killed and more than 250 others wounded.


Hilal said...

so awful...

Left of Center said...

Cops using slingshots against rioters.. crazy

Murat Altinbasak said...

There are more lethal weapons I'm sure. Rubber bullets can kill.

metin said...

Maybe they should think about giving up that part of the country to the squatters and be done with it.

Murat Altinbasak said...

Metin, that would trivialize and dis-respect and dismiss the deaths of scores of Turkish soldiers and non-combatant civilians caught in the crossfire. Hey if the rosy picture of "Southern Kurdistan" painted by Michael Totten spreads far enough and wide enough, we might see Kurds migrate out of Turkey in large numbers. But then again, that would diminish the reach of their claims against Turkish territory.. No, the squatters should either salute the Turkish flag or get the hell out. As in any modern democracy, violent protestors should be dealt with harshly, especially if they are separatists and terrorists. It's not the time for showing these folks mercy or giving them a free hand-out. That time will never come I hope.