Protesters around Turkey condemn deadly air strike
ISTANBULThousands have poured into the streets of several provinces in southeastern Turkey Dec. 30 to protest air strikes that killed 35 civilians in Uludere Dec. 29.
The protesters staged demonstrations in the southeastern provinces of Hakkari, Muş, Diyarbakır, Şırnak, Van, Bingöl and Batman, as well as in Istanbul. Clashes broke out between security forces and demonstrators in Şırnak’s Uludere district.
Clashes between protestors and police also broke out in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, and 34 people were reportedly taken under custody after a press declaration protesting the air strikes was announced.
Several non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including Turkey’s Human Rights Association (İHD) and the Association for Human Rights and Solidarity for Oppressed Peoples (Mazlum-Der), also condemned the killings saying that what happened in Uludere was a massacre.