Turkish police detains 16 over hunger strike clashes

Security forces are still active in the Yavuzselim neighborhood.

Turkish police detains 16 over hunger strike clashes

World Bulletin / News Desk

Police detained 16 individuals on Wednesday in connection with clashes between Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) supporters and a nationalist group in the western province of Bursa which left three people wounded on Sunday night.

The pro-BDP demonstrators had gathered on Oct. 28 in front of a local Justice and Development Party (AK Party) building in Bursa's Yavuzselim region to express support for hundreds of inmates on a hunger strike in Turkish prisons across the country. A nationalist group attacked the BDP protestors, injuring three people, including a 31-year-old man who was seriously injured during the clashes. The man is still at Şevket Yılmaz Training and Research Hospital in intensive care. Doctors have said no improvement has taken place in his condition.

Security forces are still active in the Yavuzselim neighborhood. A total of 600 police officers were sent to the area from other provinces including Yalova, Bilecik, Eskişehir, Balıkesir, Ankara and İstanbul to ensure security as demonstrations continue.

Reports said a car burst into flames late on Wednesday. Firefighting teams were immediately mobilized to the area to extinguish the fire. It is still unknown how the car caught fire.

Clashes have also erupted over the past two days between BDP supporters and police in several cities in Turkey's predominantly Kurdish Southeast.

Stores did not open, garbage was not collected and children did not go to school in many provinces as residents took up a call from the BDP to “stop life” in support of the inmates on hunger strikes.

Last Mod: 01 Kasım 2012, 11:58
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