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Day after dispersal, anti-govt pro-Kurdish protesters back in Turkish cities

Day after dispersal, anti-govt pro-Kurdish protesters back in Turkish cities
A rally organized by Turkey's biggest unions is protesting government policies, which, they feel, are drawing the country closer to a civil war.

The protesters demanded that the government stopped its crackdown in predominantly-Kurdish southern regions, where tight security measures including curfews were imposed.

Ankara deployed up to 10,000 security troops and army soldiers this month in a six-month offensive against militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Tanks and armored vehicles have been deployed to civilian quarters of major Kurdish-populated cities in southeastern Turkey. Months of heavy street fights have turned residential areas in to piles of rubble.

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This year a two-year ceasefire between Ankara and the Kurds was broken in the wake of a series of terrorist attacks on the latter.

An estimated 200,000 people have been forced to leave southern Turkey as a result of the ongoing security operation, according to Turkish media.

On Monday, a similar rally was dispersed by the police, who used water cannons and tear gas against the demonstrators.