Turkey: Boy in critical condition after Kurds, police clash

September 10, 2010 17:42


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ISTANBUL — Turkish media reported Friday that a 13-year-old boy was in critical condition with a gunshot wound after Kurdish activists fought police in several towns in eastern Turkey.

Street clashes broke out on Wednesday and Thursday after authorities reported the deaths of nine Kurdish rebels in combat with the Turkish military earlier in the week.

Police used tear gas and water cannons to battle stone-throwing protesters. DHA and CNN-Turk television say a boy was shot in the head in the town of Keklikpinar in Hakkari province. It was not clear who fired the shot.

The violence comes ahead of a referendum Sunday on constitutional changes that the government says will make Turkey more democratic. Many Kurdish politicians plan to boycott the vote because the changes do not recognize the ethnic Kurdish identity.

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