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Turkish police shoot protester as Kurds rebel over election bans

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Turkish police shoot protester as Kurds rebel over election bans

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One protester has been killed in a second day of violence in the Turkish city of Diyarbakir. Kurdish demonstrators took to the streets after 12 of their political representatives were barred from standing in June’s national election.

The victim was a 26-year-old and shot dead by the police, according to the Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party.

Party leader Selahattin Demirtas refused to meet President Abdullah Gul as planned because of the shooting.

Turkey’s High Election Board banned the candidates because of alleged criminal convictions, some due to links with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party.

Lawyers for those banned plan to appeal.