Turkey: tear gas, detentions against Kurdish march

Protest after destitution of 2 Kurdish lawmakers and mayors

15 June, 17:22

    Turkey: tear gas, detentions against Kurdish march Turkey: tear gas, detentions against Kurdish march

    ISTANBUL - Several activists of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) have been detained by police in Turkey and officers have fired tear gas and rubber bullets to halt the start of the ''march for democracy'', organized to denounce the destitution of two Kurdish lawmakers and several mayors, as well as hundreds of arrests of militants over the past few months.

    Security forces intervened against protesters departing from Silivri, north-west of Istanbul, while another group of demonstrators started off from Hakkari in the south-east at the border with Iraq. The two marches are planned to reconnect Saturday in the capital Ankara. ''It is a march to live together in peace, democracy and freedom'', said the co-leader of HDP Pervin Buldan, remembering former leaders Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, who have been detained for over three years and a half on charges of supporting the terror organization PKK, an allegation they have always denied.

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