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Turkey protests over Kurdish death come to Taksim Square

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In Istanbul Taksim Square buzzed with the sound of protesters once again chanting ‘together against fascism’. Thousands gathered to denounce the death at of a Kurdish activist on Friday.

Ten more were also wounded in the clashes with Turkish security forces in Lice, as Kurdish protesters fought against the construction of a new police outpost.

It comes as Kurdish rebels seeking autonomy are leaving Turkey as part of peace negotiations with Ankara.

“Peace will not come with security outposts. Peace will come with more human rights, more freedoms, more democracy but they shot at people who defended those principles. Soldiers at that outpost opened fire on villagers without any warning,” declared Pro-Kurdish politician Sebahat Tuncel.

The incident was the most bloody since a ceasefire was declared in March. The Turkish Interior Minister has launched an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death.

Protests which began on May 31 against a police crackdown on an environmental demo spiraled into country-wide unrest. The government remains under pressure at home and abroad for police reactions to demonstrations.