Protestors and police clash for 5th day in Turkey

The police on Monday broke up a protest by hundreds of masked and stone-throwing demonstrators during the fifth straight day of clashes.

Protestors and police clash for 5th day in Turkey

The police on Monday broke up a protest by hundreds of masked and stone-throwing demonstrators during the fifth straight day of clashes that have killed two people and wounded dozens, news reports said.

The riot police fired rounds of tear gas canisters to disperse the crowd and were chasing the protesters in the town of Yuksekova, in Hakkari Province, the private Dogan news agency said.

It was the second day of clashes in Yuksekova, where a demonstrator was shot and killed Sunday. The authorities have denied responsibility in the killing, but the protesters shouted slogans Monday demanding the resignation of the governor of Hakkari.

The protesters, covering their faces with red scarves, threw stones at the riot police, who were using plastic shields to defend themselves and wearing gas masks and helmets. Turkish soldiers were watching the clashes from a distance, television footage from the news agency showed.

Another demonstrator was killed in the eastern city of Van on Saturday.

There also have been clashes in Sanliurfa and Diyarbakir Provinces since Thursday in the Kurdish-dominated southeast.

Most of the clashes erupted during or after celebrations of the spring festival of Nowruz.

On Sunday, the police detained dozens of protesters who had smashed windows of cars and shops in the Aegean port city of Izmir. Clashes also occurred in several other western cities.


Agencies

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