Justin Vela

Police walk into Istanbul’s Taksim Square after tear-gassing and dispersing a Kurdish demonstration on June 26, 2011…

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Police walk into Istanbul's Taksim Square after tear-gassing and dispersing a Kurdish demonstration on June 26, 2011.

Istanbul-In reaction to Turkey’s Supreme Election Board banning Hatip Dicle, an elected Kurdish canidate, Kurds protested today in Istanbul.

I arrived only towards the end, but the below video shows the scene.

Afterwards, police followed some demonstrators into the majority Kurdish Tarlabasi neighborhood. Squads were posted at the top of streets leading into neighborhood, along Tarlabasi Boulevard. A friend who lives in the neighborhood told me some fireworks had been shot at the police. The neighborhood was mostly quiet by the time I arrived. Dressed in riot gear, the police watched Kurdish children play in the street. Some of the children, young boys about 7-10 years old, wrapped scarves around their heads and occasionally chucked small rocks near the police.

In front of the Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) offices, there was the residue of tear gas in the air. There I interviewed Kurdish MP Sebahat Tuncel, who wrote this pointed op-ed, Arab Spring, Kurdish Summer, in the NYT. The interview will be included in a feature I am currently writing on the Kurds and the banning of Dicle.

Turkey can expect more protests from the Kurds, Tuncel said.


Written by Justin Vela

June 26, 2011 at 7:13 pm

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