Tear gas, clashes, fatality: Anti-ISIS rally in Turkey turns violent (PHOTOS)
The Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey summoned the country’s Kurds to the streets to protest IS and the subsequent response from the ruling AKP party. Dozens have been wounded in the ensuing lashes between protesters and police. Clashes have been particularly tense in the eastern and southeastern regions where the Kurdish population is higher.
— curdistani (@curdistani) October 7, 2014
In Istanbul, Turkish police hit a human rights lawyer and protester in the head with a tear gas canister, reportedly leaving him in critical condition.
Police vacation is lifted — 1 died, hundreds injured during Kobane protests across Turkey - photo dead protestor pic.twitter.com/hWGh1APi9d
— ilhan tanir (@WashingtonPoint) October 7, 2014
A further protester was shot dead by police, according to local media reports. Twenty-five-year-old Hakan Buksur was killed in Varto, eastern Turkey. Seventeen-year-old Umut Bozkurt was also seriously injured while protesting in Varto, eastern Turkey, and Reuters reports that five further people were injured in the same province.
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Protesters swarmed into Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, burning tires, while a statue of Turkey’s first president, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, was set alight in Baskale, southeastern Turkey.
In Van, southeastern Turkey, and Mardin, a border province, curfews were imposed with the intention of subduing the violence.
— Jiyan (@JiyanAzadi) October 6, 2014
Protesters are burning statues of Atatürk, the first President of Turkey. pic.twitter.com/lfgHXYf17t
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The rally was part of Europe-wide Kurdish demonstrations against the IS offensive, with participants demanding increased aid for the Kurdish forces struggling to hold off the militants in the country.
Oxford Circus tube station in central London was temporarily closed overnight after one such protest.
The third floor of the European Parliament's building in Brussels was also overrun by Kurdish protesters.
— Roberta Metsola MEP (@RobertaMetsola) October 7, 2014
A further 600 people demonstrated in Berlin, and the Dutch Parliament in The Hague was also briefly occupied.
Some countries have been arming Kurdish forces or have undertaken airstrikes. However, the airstrikes have not yet stopped the Islamic State offensive.
Later Tuesday, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Kobani was “about to fall” to the jihadists.
Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister, Yalcin Akdogan, rebuffed protesters' claims that Turkey was not taking sufficient action.
"Turkey is doing whatever can be done in humanitarian aspects," he tweeted on Tuesday. He termed the protests "a big injustice to Turkey's well-meant efforts."
Some 412 people have died in the three weeks of fighting between IS and Kurdish fighters in Kobani across the past three weeks, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.