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Four Kurdish protesters killed in southeast Turkey

By Rudaw 7/8/2015
Plumes of smoke rising from the town of Silopi in southeastern Turkey on August 07, 2015. Photo: Rudaw
Plumes of smoke rising from the town of Silopi in southeastern Turkey on August 07, 2015. Photo: Rudaw

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Four civilians were killed and dozens wounded in skirmishes between Kurdish demonstrators and Turkish police in the town of Silopi in Turkey's southeast province of Sirnak on Friday.

“Five houses have been burned by Turkish police and the Turkish officials shut down the only hospital in the town. Right now, wounded people are being transferred to Sirnak hospital,” Ferhat Encu, People Democratic Party (HDP) parliamentarian in Sirank, told Rudaw.

On Tuesday, three Turkish soldiers were reportedly killed and two other wounded by a blast in the predominantly Kurdish city of Sirnak. Immediately after the blast, Turkish state media reported that a mine, allegedly laid on a road by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), was the cause of the casualties.

Two days before the Sirnak attack two other Turkish soldiers were killed and 24 others wounded in a suspected suicide attack in eastern Agri province, an attack for which PKK claimed responsibility.  

Tension in Turkey has escalated since  late July when Ankara joined international coalition forces to fight the Islamic State, or ISIS. Turkey, which had been reluctant to fight the extremists near its borders, reversed its position and announced that it had initiated a military campaign against terrorism.  The campaign has included the PKK which has been targeted by Turkish warplanes.

The recent airstrikes have coincided with waves of demonstrations in ethnically Kurdish towns in Turkey and have possibly brought to a halt to the shaky peace agreement reached between Ankara and the PKK in 2013.

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Hoshyar Zaxoy | 7/8/2015
Why should Turkish police be present in a kurdish town and allowed to murder. Is their democracy just that of ballot box? Down with the Turkish terror regime. Shahid Na mirin.
Jamal | 7/8/2015
This news totaly lies that fabricated by PKK media sources..poliCe didnt attack on protestors...Police fired at armed members of YDG-H that after attacked police and wounded seriously 6 police by RPG-7, AK-47 and Grenates....PKK and his offshoots use most dirty methods of war....Using civilians as shield , using homes as shelters, using and burning civil cars as blockages in roads....
HDP is greater than PKK | 7/8/2015
Dissolve PKK and then Turkey will have nothing to blame on anymore. HDP is the future of the kurds of Turkey.
Not Kurdish reader | 7/8/2015
http://kurdishdailynews.org/2015/08/06/kalkan-pkk-has-not-pulled-the-trigger-yet-and-its-retaliations-are-limited/ THERE EXISTS A DICTATORSHIP OF THE APPOINTED ON THE ELECTED’ The problem is caused by the monist, chauvinist, nationalist and dictatorial ruling of the AKP. There is no democratic ruling, the society cannot rule itself. To give an instance, the deputies, mayors and village headmen are elected but they have no influence on the local administration because all the authority is held by the governors appointed by Ankara. AKP says ‘we ended the hegemony of the appointed on the elected , we are establishing the ruling of the elected’, but this is a lie. The ruling belongs to the appointed, not the elected. This is not how democracy and democratic ruling can be achieved. There exists a dictatorship of the appointed provincial and district governors on the elected representatives. This is not democracy. Neither Kurds nor Turkey can bu ruled with this system any more. This is a matter of mindset and politics due to the existence of an anti-democratic and fascistic mindset, strategy and policy bearing enmity towards the Kurds. The Turkish state and authorities who say nothing against the activity of ISIS and Al Nusra in Syria voice objection against the effectiveness and self-ruling of PYD in Kurdish areas.
Flaminco | 7/8/2015
Erdogan is using the exact same brutal tactics as Assad, Turkish police are killing unarmed civilian protestors and demolishing their houses as collective punishment!. The world must condemn this and stop Turkey.

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