Clean up begins after Kurdish protests
Council workers in Turkey were on Monday cleaning up the debris left from a weekend of clashes between police and protesters marking the 10th anniversary of the capture Kurdish separatist leader Abdullah Ocalan, dpa reported.
At least 25 people were injured and dozens more taken into custody at protests across the mainly Kurdish-populated southeast, Turkish media reported on Monday.
Police in Diyarbakir used tear gas and water cannons on Sunday to disperse a group of around 5,000 people who had gathered near the local headquarters of the pro-Kurdish Democratic and Society Party (DTP). Authorities had refused to give permission to a request from the DTP mayor of Diyarbakir to stage a march in the city.
There were other clashes in various smaller towns across the south-east.
Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan was captured by Turkish commandos in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi on February 15, 1999. He was first sentenced to death after being found guilty of high treason for his role in leading the PKK in its armed struggle for independence or autonomy for the south-east. His sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment, as Turkey abolished the death penalty.
Today Ocalan is held as the sole inmate of a prison on the Marmara Sea island of Imrali.
More than 35,000 people have been killed, mainly Kurdish civilians since the PKK launched its fight in the early 1980s.
There are an estimated 5,000 PKK fighters holed up in camps in mountainous northern Iraq from where they launch attacks inside Turkey.The European Union and the United States consider the PKK to be a terrorist group.