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Netherlands: Mounted police charge at pro-Kurdish protesters at The Hague01:58

Netherlands: Mounted police charge at pro-Kurdish protesters at The Hague

Netherlands, The Hague
February 10, 2016 at 17:20 GMT +00:00 · Published

Mounted police dispersed a pro-Kurdish rally of hundreds in front of parliament in The Hague, Wednesday, where a meeting between Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu was taking place.

The protest was reportedly aimed at Turkey's armed campaign against members of the outlawed Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK), the People's Protection Units (YPG) and various other affiliated organisations in the predominately Kurdish south-east of Turkey.

Protesters shouted slogans and chants against the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government, while waving flags with Kurdish symbols and colours. Flags of the USSR could also be seen, as well as flags with the image of imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan.

On Monday, in an attempt to disperse a protest against the Turkey government's treatment of Kurds and its campaign against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the French police tear-gassed several protesters outside the Turkish embassy in Paris, which led the protesters to relocate to the Place de la Republiqe where clashes erupted. Police chased several protesters in the area around Paris' famous square, making forcible arrests. Reportedly, 17 activists were arrested in the process.

Netherlands: Mounted police charge at pro-Kurdish protesters at The Hague01:58
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Mounted police dispersed a pro-Kurdish rally of hundreds in front of parliament in The Hague, Wednesday, where a meeting between Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu was taking place.

The protest was reportedly aimed at Turkey's armed campaign against members of the outlawed Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK), the People's Protection Units (YPG) and various other affiliated organisations in the predominately Kurdish south-east of Turkey.

Protesters shouted slogans and chants against the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government, while waving flags with Kurdish symbols and colours. Flags of the USSR could also be seen, as well as flags with the image of imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan.

On Monday, in an attempt to disperse a protest against the Turkey government's treatment of Kurds and its campaign against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the French police tear-gassed several protesters outside the Turkish embassy in Paris, which led the protesters to relocate to the Place de la Republiqe where clashes erupted. Police chased several protesters in the area around Paris' famous square, making forcible arrests. Reportedly, 17 activists were arrested in the process.

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