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Turkey hit by worst civil unrest in years

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Turkey hit by worst civil unrest in years


Turkey is in the grip of its worst civil unrest in years amid clashes between Kurdish separatists and security forces. There were intense riots in the south east last week after the funerals of 14 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party. Scores of people are reported to have been killed in the disturbances.

There were more deaths overnight. Three people were killed when protests in Istanbul turned violent. They were crushed by a bus that veered from its path after being set ablaze by a petrol bomb. Analysts say the trouble in the south east has been fuelled by unemployment and poverty. But Kurds also want more autonomy from Anakara. The EU, which Turkey wants to join, has voiced its concern about the violence in the region. Brussels has urged the Turkish government to do more to combat poverty and boost Kurds’ cultural rights.
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