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Turkey: Istanbul police deploy teargas, water cannon on PKK supporters00:55

Turkey: Istanbul police deploy teargas, water cannon on PKK supporters

Turkey, Istanbul
August 16, 2015 at 00:42 GMT +00:00 · Published

Violent clashes erupted between pro-Kurdish protesters and police in Istanbul, Sunday, following the arrest of 15 members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the Turkish capital on Saturday. Supporters of the PKK and members of the group's youth wing, the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDGH), left fires burning throughout the capital's streets, with police firing rounds of teargas and deploying water cannon.

Earlier in the day, the YDGH had engaged with Istanbul police by throwing Molotov cocktails and stopping law enforcement vehicles with burning blockades. The violence was preceded by police raids on 23 separate addresses in Istanbul, mainly in city's working class suburbs of Kucukcekmece and Bagcilar. As well as the 15 arrests, documents and digital material were seized at the addresses, according to police sources.

The raids are part of a series of operations by the Turkish state in wake of the July 20 Suruc bombing. Since then over 1,700 people linked to the PKK, Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) and the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP/C) have been arrested in actions across Turkey.

Turkey: Istanbul police deploy teargas, water cannon on PKK supporters00:55
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Violent clashes erupted between pro-Kurdish protesters and police in Istanbul, Sunday, following the arrest of 15 members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the Turkish capital on Saturday. Supporters of the PKK and members of the group's youth wing, the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDGH), left fires burning throughout the capital's streets, with police firing rounds of teargas and deploying water cannon.

Earlier in the day, the YDGH had engaged with Istanbul police by throwing Molotov cocktails and stopping law enforcement vehicles with burning blockades. The violence was preceded by police raids on 23 separate addresses in Istanbul, mainly in city's working class suburbs of Kucukcekmece and Bagcilar. As well as the 15 arrests, documents and digital material were seized at the addresses, according to police sources.

The raids are part of a series of operations by the Turkish state in wake of the July 20 Suruc bombing. Since then over 1,700 people linked to the PKK, Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) and the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP/C) have been arrested in actions across Turkey.