Rally by wing of Turkey's PKK ends with street clashes

July 20, 2013 at 10:28 AM
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ANKARA, Turkey, July 20 (UPI) -- Turkish police used water canon to break up a demonstration by a wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) near the Syrian border, officials said Saturday.

About 50 members of the PKK responded by attacking a police vehicle with a Molotov cocktail amid skirmishes that lasted about an hour, the report said.

There was no immediate word on injuries or arrests.

The clash took place in the southeastern province of Sirnak Cizre. The rally was in support of Kurdish fighters in Syria who have been battling a jihadist faction amid Syria's ongoing rebellion.

The demonstrators were part of the PKK's Patriot and Revolutionary Youth Movement, which the Dogan News Agency called a militant youth and public order cadre of the PKK.

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