ISTANBUL (Hurriyet)–Violent clashes that started Monday in Turkey continued Tuesday morning in the eastern province of Hakkari.
Around 300 people gathered in the Yuksekova district center to celebrate the founding of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and protest the prison conditions of the PKK’s jailed leader, Abdullah Ocalan, the news site CNNTurk reported Tuesday.
Nazif Ataman, the head of the district office of the Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) and other party officials called on the protesters to disperse and asked shop owners to open their stores in the district. The crowd refused to disperse and police warned the protesters. The protesters threw stones at the police, who responded with tear gas.
In the Semdinli district of Hakkari, which borders Iran and Iraq, many shop owners did not open their stores Tuesday.
A group also clashed with police in the Dolapdere neighborhood of Istanbul’s Beyoglu district Monday evening. Some 60 people chanting slogans praising the PKK entered Dolapdere Avenue and threw Molotov cocktails at the police waiting for them at the end of the street. The group dispersed after special security forces used tear gas.
There were other violent incidents in the Esenyurt and Atasehir districts of Istanbul on Monday evening. A group threw Molotov cocktails in a shop in Esenyurt and fled; the fire department later extinguished the fire. In Atasehir, members of a group that threw Molotov cocktails and stones at security forces fled after the police used tear gas.
In the southern province of Antalya, an unknown number of protesters were taken into custody by security forces Monday night. Some PKK supporters blocked traffic in the Gunes district of Antalya and started to sing and dance. They did not respond to security forces’ warning to disperse and some started to throw stones. When the police responded to the group, the protesters dispersed.