More than 2,000 Kurds demonstrated in Istanbul against the Turkish authorities following the fatal air strike in the south east that killed 35 people. Some chanted pro-PKK slogans.
The protest degenerated into clashes with riot police who had been deployed in large numbers, and used water cannon and tear gas.
Euronews spoke to Umit Firat, a prominent Kurdish writer and journalist in Istanbul. He believes the theory that those killed were smugglers is entirely plausible.
“Smuggling is a reality in the region,” he said, pointing out that the area where the attack happened is the intersection of three different states. “Of course every nation has to deal with the security dimension of this issue and take necessary precautions to stop, but it’s not something that should be stopped by fighter jets and military methods.”
According to one of the survivors, Firat went on, the police saw the group and could have been more careful. Instead fighter jets took off and hit them.
“When you’re making an operation to gain superiority in the region, you lose people both psychologically and physically. This negative impact will last,” said the writer – calling for an inquiry and not a cover-up as he claims has happened in the past.
“After this incident people in the region will be more doubtful and cautious about the government’s openness,” he said, referring to the policy of dialogue with Kurdish parties.
“What’s happened should not close this chapter. The government should accelerate its efforts to erase the bad memories of such incidents and continue its policy of openness,” Firat said.