World Bulletin / News Desk
A shopkeeper reportedly on Tuesday killed 2 Democratic Society Party (DTP) supporters who allegedly damaged and tried to burn his shop and car in a protest over the closure of a pro-Kurdish party in the south-eastern Turkish town of Mus.
Anadolu news agency named the dead protesters as Kemal Kayacan and Nejmi Oral.
The shopkeeper was detained for opening fire on the protesters, the report said.
"The incident happened between the protestors and a shopkeeper who refused to pull down shutters. Two people were killed and shopkeeper was detained together with his weapon," Mus deputy governor Ali Edip Budan told Anadolu news agency.
The Turkish reports said 8 people were also wounded in the protests.
The fatalities were the first after days of violence and street protests following a Constitutional Court ruling on Friday to ban the only Kurdish party in parliament.
DTP lawmakers on Monday decided to resign from the Turkish parliament.
A student was killed in clashes a week earlier as tensions began to rise in the mainly Kurdish southeast.
The court, using a controversial political parties act, found the Democratic Society Party (DTP) guilty of links with PKK militants.
The decision was criticised by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, whose government is trying to boost Kurdish rights in a bid to end a 25-year-old conflict that has killed 40,000 people.
"Our position against the closure of the DTP is clear ... We are against the closure of parties. We think individuals should be punished, not a (party) identity," Erdogan told parliament.
The same prosecutor who won the court's support to ban the DTP had unsuccessfully tried to have Erdogan's AK Party banned in 2008 on grounds that it contravened Turkey's secular constitution.
Erdogan on Monday called for national unity and said Turkey would overcome its problems.
Analysts fear the ban on DTP would strengthen the hand of the militant PKK by undermining confidence in the democratic process and the government's current reform initiative.
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