Kurds clash with Turkish police for 5th day; 2 dead

Police on Monday broke up a protest by hundreds of masked and stone-throwing Kurdish demonstrators during the fifth straight day of clashes that have killed two people and injured dozens, news reports said. Riot police fired rounds of tear gas canisters to disperse the crowd and were chasing the protesters in the town of Yuksekova, in Hakkari province, the private Dogan news agency said. It was the second day of clashes in Yuksekova, where a demonstrator was shot to death on Sunday. Authorities have denied responsibility in the killing, but the protesters shouted slogans on Monday demanding the resignation of the governor of Hakkari. The protesters, covering their faces with red scarves, threw stones at riot police who were using plastic shields to defend themselves and wearing gas masks and helmets. Turkish soldiers were watching the clashes from a distance, television footage from Dogan news agency showed. Another Kurd demonstrator was killed in the eastern city of Van on Saturday.