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 Kurdish MP Pervin Buldan among 20 others wounded in clashes between Kurds, Turkish police

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Kurdish MP Pervin Buldan among 20 others wounded in clashes between Kurds, Turkish police  14.7.2012  






 
Kurdish member of Turkish parliament Pervin Buldan holds her leg after she was wounded during clashes on July 14, 2012, in Diyarbakir. Stone-throwing Kurds who defied a protest ban to demand the release of jailed rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan clashed Saturday with Turkish police, leaving at least 20 people wounded. Several hundred protesters in multiple groups spread throughout the city of Diyarbakir in south-eastern Turkey threw stones and swung sticks at police, who scattered them with water cannon and teargas. Photo: Getty Images


Turkish policemen patrol during a rally outlawed by state authoritites to demand the release of jailed rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, on July 14, 2012, in Diyarbakir. Stone-throwing Kurds who defied a protest ban clashed with Turkish police, leaving at least 20 people wounded. Photo: Getty Images.


Kurdish demonstrators run during clashes with Turkish police during a rally outlawed by state authoritites to demand the release of jailed rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan , on July 14, 2012, in Diyarbakir.
 Photo: Getty Images.
July 14, 2012

DIYARBAKIR, The Kurdish region of Turkey, — Stone-throwing Kurds who defied a protest ban to demand the release of jailed Kurd rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan clashed Saturday with Turkish police, leaving at least 20 people wounded.

Several hundred protesters in multiple groups spread throughout the Kurdish city of Diyarbakir in south-eastern Turkey [northern Kurdistan] threw stones and swung sticks at Turkish police, who scattered them with water cannon and teargas, an AFP correspondent said.

A Kurdish lawmaker from the pro-Kurd Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Pervin Buldan and five Turkish police were among those injured in the clashes, which lasted several hours.

Protesters set fire to cars and looted shops in some areas.

The BDP had applied for permission to stage a demonstration in central Diyarbakir, a predominantly Kurdish city,www.ekurd.net but had its request denied by local authorities, who nevertheless called in security reinforcements in case the protest went ahead.

The party called the protest to demand the release of Ocalan, a founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) who was jailed for life in 1999 and has been serving his sentence on Turkey's Imrali island, where he was long the only prisoner.

The PKK has several times proposed peaceful solutions regarding Kurdish problem, Turkey has always refused saying that it will not negotiate with “terrorists”.

Since it was established in 1984, the PKK has been fighting the Turkish state, which still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds, to establish a Kurdish state in the south east of the country.

But now its aim is the creation an autonomous region and more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds who constitute the greatest minority in Turkey, numbering more than 20 million. A large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.

The PKK wants constitutional recognition for the Kurds, regional self-governance and Kurdish-language education in schools.

PKK's demands included releasing PKK detainees, lifting the ban on education in Kurdish, paving the way for an autonomous democrat Kurdish system within Turkey, reducing pressure on the detained PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, stopping military action against the Kurdish party and recomposing the Turkish constitution.

Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish language and private Kurdish language courses with the prodding of the European Union, but Kurdish politicians say the measures fall short of their expectations.

The PKK is considered as 'terrorist' organization by Ankara, U.S., the PKK continues to be on the blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which overturned a decision to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its political wing on the European Union's terror list.

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