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Turkey clashes: Celebrations by Kurds turn violent

06-13-2011 14:13 BJT

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Turkish police have used water cannons and tear gas to disperse stone-throwing protesters after victory celebrations for the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir turned violent.

Cheering, dancing, and setting off fireworks.

It should have been a victorious night for the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party as it achieved the 10 percent vote threshold for Turkey's parliament and turned in a strong showing with 36 seats.

A good job done by a small party.

But celebrations later turned to clashes.

The supporters clashed with police, throwing stones at them, while officers responded with tear gas and a water cannon.

It is not clear what set off the clashes, but riot police were deployed to help disperse the protesters.

With 99 percent of the results counted from Sunday's parliamentary election, Turkey's ruling AK party, led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, won a third term. The victory has set the stage for economic growth, assertive diplomacy and an overhaul of the military-era constitution.

The Kurdish minority has been a traditional target of state discrimination and is making increasing demands for autonomy and the right to education in the Kurdish Language.

Meanwhile, Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party, surged to a third term in parliament elections on Sunday as Prime Minister has promised to push for a new and more democratic constitution.

With 99 percent of the results counted from Sunday's parliamentary
election, Turkey's ruling AK party, led by Prime Minister Recep
Tayyip Erdogan, won a third term. The victory has set the stage
for economic growth, assertive diplomacy and an overhaul of the
military-era constitution.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "We are going to construct a civil, participative, liberal constitution all together. Everybody will find himself or herself in this constitution. East will find himself, west will find himself, north and south will find himself. Finally my people will say 'yes, this is my constitution'."

But the ruling party has given few details as to what a new constitution would entail or how it would address the grievances of the minority Kurds, who make up 20 percent of Turkey's 74 million people.

With 99 percent of the results counted from Sunday's parliamentary election, Turkey's ruling AK party, led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, won a third term. The victory has set the stage for economic growth, assertive diplomacy and an overhaul of the military-era constitution.

With 99 percent of the results counted from Sunday's parliamentary election, Turkey's ruling AK party, led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, won a third term. The victory has set the stage for economic growth, assertive diplomacy and an overhaul of the military-era constitution.

 

 

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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