PKK supporters clash with Turk police

Hundreds of demonstrators threw stones and firebombs at Turkish police and soldiers who prevented around 2,000 people from traveling to the village of imprisoned militant PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan to mark his 59th birthday on Friday, television footage

PKK supporters clash with Turk police
Hundreds of demonstrators threw stones and firebombs at Turkish police and soldiers who prevented around 2,000 people from traveling to the village of imprisoned militant PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan to mark his 59th birthday on Friday, television footage showed.

Hundreds of police and soldiers, carrying riot shields, took up positions on hilltops near the town of Halfeti, close to Ocalan's village of Omerli, in southeastern Sanliurfa province.

Some rocks landed on armored police and military vehicles but firebombs were seen falling short. Police and military authorities urged calm through loudspeakers and police used water cannons and fired tear-gas canisters to disperse the crowds, Dogan footage showed.

Ocalan is serving a life sentence on a prison island off Istanbul for leading a separatist war for autonomy in Turkey's southeast.

PKK violence has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people since 1984.

Agencies

Last Mod: 04 Nisan 2008, 15:57
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