One dead in fresh protests in Turkey's southeast

By REUTERS
December 7, 2014 15:13

ISTANBUL - A demonstrator died in hospital after being shot during protests in Turkey's southeast on Saturday, local media reported, the latest in a series of deaths highlighting simmering ethnic tensions in the Kurdish heartland.

The man died in hospital after he was shot during a demonstration in the province of Hakkari to mark the deaths of three people in protests a year earlier, the Hurriyet Daily News said. It was not clear who shot him.

Another person was admitted to hospital after being hit by a gas canister, according to the news website.

Tensions are high in southeastern Turkey, with Kurds furious over what they see as the government's failure to help Syrian Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in the besieged town of Kobani on Turkey's southern border.

In October, dozens were killed in riots by Kurds angry at the government's apparent inaction.

The unrest risks wrecking a delicately poised peace process aimed at disarming fighters from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), who have been fighting a 30-year-old insurgency against the Turkish authorities, demanding more autonomy.


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