DTP protests turn violent in Turkey

Turkey's constitutional court on Friday banned the DTP after it found it guilty of links to PKK militants.

DTP protests turn violent in Turkey

Clashes erupted in Istanbul's busy Beyoglu district on Sunday as around 200 DTP supporters protesting at the closure of a leading Kurdish party clashed with Turkish nationalists and police, Turkish media reported.

Protesters hurled stones and petrol bombs at shops, cars and businesses in the heart of the shopping and entertainment district of Turkey's biggest city, before a group of Turkish nationalists gathered, state-run Anatolian news agency said.

Riot police separated the groups and dispersed protestors, in what was a third day of violent street protest since Turkey's highest court ruled to dissolve the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP), dealing a blow to government efforts to end decades of conflict in the country.

Late on Sunday police had closed the street leading to the main DTP office in Istanbul and a police armoured vehicle stood guard.

Turkey's constitutional court on Friday banned the DTP after it found it guilty of links to PKK militants.

In the southeast of Turkey, the focus of most violent protest since the ruling, demonstrators hurled fire bombs and rocks at riot police in the town of Yuksekova. Police shot into the air to disperse the crowds, television footage showed. Several protesters were arrested.

The verdict threatens to undermine Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AK Party's drive to reconcile Kurd citizens with the state and end decades of conflict.

Analysts say the ban could strengthen the PKK's hand by undermining confidence in the democratic process.



Reuters

Last Mod: 14 Aralık 2009, 14:43
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