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Police and Nationalists clash in eastern Turkey

Thursday, June 04, 2015 - 01:04

Turkish nationalists have tried to disrupt a rally by their pro-Kurdish political opponents ahead of Sunday's election. Diane Hodges reports.

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(OPENS WITH NAT SOUND OF DEMONSTRATIONS) Turkish nationalists, trying to disrupt a rally by a rival party, clash with police in eastern Turkey. Hundreds of youths, some carrying Turkish flags and chanting, "God is greatest" tried to reach the place where members of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party, or H-D-P, were meeting in Erzurum. Some pushed down barriers near the site where thousands of HDP supporters were gathered. Thursday's demonstrations are only the latest in the runup to Sunday's hotly-contested elections. The party of President Tayyip Erdogan is hoping to elect enough members to push through sweeping changes to the country's constitution, changes that will give Presidetn ERR-doh-ahn more power. Opponents are trying to stop them, among them, the HDP, which is running for parliament for the first time. It's trying to win support from center-left sympathizers, despite efforts by nationalists to stop them.

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Police and Nationalists clash in eastern Turkey

Thursday, June 04, 2015 - 01:04