Turkish policeman stabbed to death at protest

A Turkish policeman has been stabbed to death while trying to break up a demonstration by Kurdish youths marking the anniversary of the start of the Kurdish insurgency, Turkey's state-run news agency said Sunday. The Anatolia news agency said the 24-year-old officer died of a wound to his chest in hospital in the southern city of Adana late Saturday. His riot squad was deployed to break up a protest in which Kurdish youths burnt tires and threw stones. They were commemorating the start of the Kurdish rebels' campaign for autonomy on Aug. 15, 1984, when rebels first attacked police and military units. In southeastern Turkey meanwhile, Kurdish activists held a peaceful festival amid calls for reconciliation.