Kurdish protester killed in Turkey

Demonstrations across the country over alleged mistreatment of jailed Kurdish leader.

    Demonstrators clashed with police during a visit by Turkey's prime minister in Diyarbakir [AFP]

    The protest in Dogubayazit was just one of several held across Turkey by Kurds over the past three days, following allegations that Ocalan was mistreated in prison.

    In Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey's Kurdish-dominated southeast, demonstrators burned tyres and formed barricades during a visit by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the country's prime minister, on Monday.

    There were no immediate reports of any injuries.

    Meanwhile, police in the city of Van detained dozens of people following a protest there, while in nearby Hakkari, protesters hurled stones at the local headquarters of Erdogan's ruling party.

    Lawyers' claims

    Ocalan's lawyers said last week that he was removed from his cell by guards carrying out a search, was forced onto the ground when he objected and was threatened with death.

    The government has denied the claims.

    Mehmet Ali Sahin, Turkey's justice minister, said: "We ordered an investigation. He has not been mistreated, he has not been subjected to any kind of negative treatment, he was not tortured."

    Ocalan is serving a life sentence on a prison island off Istanbul for leading a war for autonomy for the country's Kurdish minority in the southeast.

    The conflict has left tens of thousands of people dead since it began in 1984.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    What draws Kenyan women to join al-Shabab and what challenges are they facing when they return to their communities?