Kurdish protesters, riot police clash

October 10, 2010

riot in 2009

Kurdish protesters have clashed with riot police in southeast Turkey.

The demonstrators were marking the anniversary of the day the Kurdistan Workers Party leader was forced to flee his safe haven in Syria.

He was later captured in Kenya and jailed.

Police used tear gas and a water cannon to disperse the crowd as protesters threw fire crackers and stones at officers.

Fighting between the Kurdistan Workers Party and Turkey government has killed more than 40,000 people since 1984.

The clashes come just two weeks after a ceasefire was extended by the parties.

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