Kurds hold unauthorized rally in southern Turkey

Kurds took to streets in southeastern province of Diyarbakir on Saturday as part of a global demonstration in support of Kobani

Kurds hold unauthorized rally in southern Turkey

Kurdish groups held an unauthorized rally in response to a call made by the pro-Kurdish Democratic Peoples' Party, or HDP, in Turkey's southeastern province of Diyarbakir on Saturday.

Groups of people gathered for the rally in Diyarbakir's Baglar district, along with the local HDP officials.

The group marched through Istasyon Square with HDP MP Nursel Aydogan and Democratic Regions Party district head Zubeyde Zumrut.

Security forces were parked on corners with armored vehicles and took extra measures to ensure protesters did not violate their specific route.

A police chopper was also hovering high above the demonstrators, who often chanted anti-ISIL slogans.

Earlier on Wednesday, the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples' Democratic Party issued a call for a global demonstration in support of Kobani, the Syrian border town currently under siege by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.

This latest call follows a similar one issued by the same party earlier this month, which triggered nationwide illegal demonstrations and clashes across Turkey and left at least 38 people and two policemen dead. 

The fatal clashes also caused financial damage in several provinces where government buildings, vehicles and even Red Crescent vans were set ablaze.

The deadly pro-Kurdish protests erupted during the Eid al-Adha holiday, only one day after ISIL militants entered parts of Kobani, also known as Ayn Al-Arab, on October 6.

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Last Mod: 02 Kasım 2014, 16:31
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