Thousands March Against PKK Across Turkey

Thousands March Against PKK Across Turkey Thousands March Against PKK Across Turkey

Turkey entered a second day of protests against the PKK on Tuesday as tens of thousands took to the streets.

Violence marred some demonstrations as protesters turned their anger against pro-Kurdish groups.

The protests–sparked after 16 soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb attack in Hakkari, southeast Turkey, on Sunday–took place across the country and included cities such as Siirt and Batman in the Kurdish-majority southeast, Andolu Ajansi reported.

Crowds waving Turkish flags and chanting nationalist slogans descended on central squares to hear speakers condemn the violence that broke out at the end of July as the PKK abandoned a two-and-a-half year ceasefire.

In Corum, central Anatolia, around 3,000 marched and seven were injured, including two police officers, in clashes.

The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party reported on Twitter that its office in Ankara was attacked and set on fire while in the western city of Amasya, the party’s office was attacked during a protest by around 500 people.

In Kirsehir, central Anatolia, two police officers were wounded as 2,000 protested.

In Samsun, a city on the Black Sea coast, a group of women were among hundreds who reportedly volunteered for military service in the face of PKK attacks.