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Turkish police fire water cannon, tear gas at Istanbul march

Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 01:03

Police fire a water cannon and tear gas to disperse 2,000 people marching in Istanbul's Taksim Square who had been protesting the shooting death of a prominent Kurdish lawyer in the southeast that the pro-Kurdish HDP Party called a ''planned assassination.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROIGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Police fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse around 2,000 people marching in Istanbul's Taksim Square on Saturday (November 28) after a prominent Kurdish lawyer was shot dead in southeast Turkey, a Reuters witness said. An unidentified gunman killed a lawyer and rights activist Tahir Elci in what the pro-Kurdish HDP Party called a "planned assassination", urging people to take to the streets in protest. Witnesses said Elci was shot in the head after making a statement to media in Diyarbakir, the largest city in Turkey's troubled, mainly Kurdish southeast where he was president of the local bar association. A policeman was also killed in an ensuing exchange of fire. Elci had been criticized in Turkey for saying the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) was not a terrorist organization, though he had denounced PKK violence. He was facing trial over his comments which had infuriated state prosecutors. Hundreds of people have been killed since a ceasefire between the PKK and Turkish security forces collapsed in July, reigniting a conflict in which some 40,000 people have died since it began in 1984. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who founded the AK party, said in a speech later that a policeman had also been killed during the attack. "This incident shows how Turkey is right in its determination to fight terrorism," he said. The Diyarbakir governor's office declared a curfew in the area after the incident. Bozdag and Ala expressed their condolences. Ala said four investigators will be assigned to the case. Turkey, the United States and the European Union classify the PKK, which is demanding greater autonomy for Turkey's Kurds, as a terrorist organization.

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Turkish police fire water cannon, tear gas at Istanbul march

Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 01:03