Pro Kurdish students clash with Police in Ankara against Turkish government operations against Kurds


ANKARA : Pro-Kurdish Turkish students, many wearing face masks, hurled stones and fireworks at police in the capital Ankara on Thursday as they sought to march on the palace of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan , an AFP photographer said. Dozens of students from the Middle Eastern Technical University (METU) in Ankara sought to take a banner reading “The Kurdish People You Are Not Alone” to Erdogan’s palace, an AFP photographer reported. But they were blocked by police at the gates of the university and responded by hurling projectiles at police, including fireworks which lit up the night sky. The police responded by using tear gas and water cannon, They arrested six people, including two women, the Dogan news agency reported. Tensions have risen across Turkey as security forces pursue massive operations in Turkish Kurdistan in the southeast of the country against militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party PKK . (

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