Last Update 23:4
Tuesday, 02 June 2020

Turkish police fire tear gas as Kurds protest against Syria wall

Turkish police fire tear gas to disperse Kurdish protesters demonstrating against plans to build a wall along part of the border with Syria

Reuters , Thursday 7 Nov 2013
Turkish Riot police use tear gas
Riot police use tear gas to disperse the crowd during an anti-government protest in Istanbul June 1, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1052
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1052

Turkish riot police fired tear gas on Thursday to disperse Kurdish protesters demonstrating against government plans to build a wall along part of the border with Syria.

 Turkish riot police fired tear gas on Thursday to disperse Kurdish protesters demonstrating against government plans to build a wall along part of the border with Syria.

Thousands of mostly young men, many waving red, yellow and green Kurdish flags, had earlier gathered to protest the plans in the Turkish town of Nusaybin, separated from the Syrian town of Qamishli by a strip of no-man's land and barbed wire fencing.

Officials said last month Turkey was building a two-metre high wall to stop people bypassing checkpoints and prevent smuggling near Qamishli, where Kurdish fighters, Syrian rebel units and Arab tribes have regularly clashed.

Kurdish groups have decried the move as a government effort to prevent Kurdish communities on both sides of the Turkish-Syrian border from strengthening ties.

Syrian Kurdish groups say they have captured more territory from Islamist rebels in northeastern Syria in recent weeks, tightening their grip on an area where they have been seeking to establish autonomous rule.

Their assertiveness has posed a quandary for Ankara as it tries to make peace on its own soil with militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has fought for greater Kurdish autonomy in Turkey for three decades. 

Short link:

 

Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.