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Turkey: Killing of Kurdish protesters must be investigated and prosecuted
09 October 2014

FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights) strongly condemns the brutal attacks and the use of live ammunitions by the police and extremist groups against anti-IS Kurdish protesters across Turkey, and fears that Turkish officials’ declarations and use of force endanger fragile peace negotiations.

At least 25 persons have been killed since 7 October in Turkey during protests held across Turkey against the Islamic State (IS) offensive in Kobane (Syria) and the inaction of the Turkish military. Riot police used tears gas and water canons to quell the demonstrations across the country, and has been reported to have attacked protesters in firing live ammunitions, killing demonstrators in Mus and Mardin. 


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