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Turkey suffers a sixth night of rioting

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Turkey suffers a sixth night of rioting


A sixth night of rioting in the southern Turkish city of Antakya, where a demonstrator died earlier this week after clashes with police. The district of Kadikoy in Istanbul also saw clashes after a peaceful protest march turned violent when it attempted to march on the local headquarters of the ruling AK party. Police charged at the crowd to disperse it, and tear gas and rubber bullets were fired.

The ongoing protests are relatively minor compared to the disturbances of three or four months ago, and in the south they involve the Alevi community, which has long-standing grievances against the central government about discrimination and religious freedom.

However they do show that anxiety about what some say is the ruling party’s increasing authoritarianism is not abating, and despite announcing weeks ago that a package of democratic reforms will be presented to parliament, few details have been made available.

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