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Newsline: Kurdish protest outside Turkey’s Embassy turns violent in Paris

Clashes have erupted outside the Turkish Embassy in Paris after police moved in to disperse a demonstration by Kurdish political activists. Dozens had gathered to protest the Turkish government’s military campaign against Kurdish militants in the southeast of the country. Local Kurdish media report at least 60 members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, died in the most recent assault. Demonstrators pelted a police vehicle with stones and police fired tear gas to break up the protest. Turkey also began launching airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in July 2015. In Syria it has targeted the IS group, while in Iraq it has taken aim at the PKK, which has waged a decades-long insurgency against Ankara.



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