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Off-duty soldiers attacked in southeast Turkey  25.4.2011  

April 25, 2011

YUKSEKOVA, The Kurdish region of Turkey, —  Two off-duty soldiers were shot and injured in Turkey's Kurdish-majority southeast [Turkey Kurdistan] Sunday as scores took to the streets in fresh violent protests, Anatolia news agency reported.

The sergeants, dressed in civilian clothes, were walking in the centre of the Kurdish town of Yuksekova when they were shot from behind, the report said, adding that police had launched a hunt for the perpetrators.

The incident occurred as violence flared in the southeast over the past week following a decision by Turkey's electoral board to bar seven prominent Kurdish-backed candidates from running in general elections on June 12.    

On Thursday, the board reversed its ruling for six of the candidates, among them iconic Kurdish activist Leyla Zana, in a move that notably quelled Kurdish anger,www.ekurd.netbut smaller demonstrations continued Sunday to protest the killing of a young man in the earlier clashes.

In the town of Bismil, youths hurled stones and petrol bombs at a government building after Zana visited the family of the protestor, who was killed in pitched battles with the police there Wednesday, Anatolia reported.

Turkish police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the demonstrators.

There was similar unrest in some other towns in the region, including nearby Batman, where police detained some 30 people after a demonstration led by a Kurdish member of the outgoing parliament turned violent, the agency said.

Turkey's southeast has been the theatre of a bloody insurgency led by the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party that has claimed some 45,000 lives since the rebels took up arms in 1984.

Since it was established in 1984, the Kurdistan Workers' Party PKK has been fighting the Turkish state, which still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds, to establish a Kurdish state in the south east of the country.

But now its aim is the creation an autonomous region and more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds who constitute the greatest minority in Turkey, numbering more than 20 million. A large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.

PKK's demands included releasing PKK detainees, lifting the ban on education in Kurdish, paving the way for an autonomous democrat Kurdish system within Turkey, reducing pressure on the detained PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, stopping military action against the Kurdish party and recomposing the Turkish constitution.

Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish language and private Kurdish language courses with the prodding of the European Union, but Kurdish politicians say the measures fall short of their expectations.

The PKK is considered as 'terrorist' organization by Ankara, U.S., the PKK continues to be on the blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which overturned a decision to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its political wing on the European Union's terror list.   

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