Kurdish protesters took to the streets in Turkey, setting cars on fire and clashing with police while denouncing Ankara's stance on the crisis in Kobani. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Kurdish protesters took the streets in Turkey's southeast province of Cizre on Thursday (October 9), setting cars on fire and clashing with police, denouncing Ankara's stance on Kobani. Minor clashes also took place in the Turkish capital of Ankara at the Middle East Technical University with some 150 protesters hurling stones at police. At least 21 people died in the mainly Kurdish southeast of Turkey on Wednesday (October 8) during clashes between security forces and Kurds demanding that the government do more to help Kobani. There were also clashes in Istanbul and Ankara. The fallout from the war in Syria and Iraq has threatened to unravel Turkey's peace process with its Kurdish community. Ankara has long been suspicious of any Kurdish assertiveness as it tries to end its own 30-year war with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Following Wednesday's violence in Turkey, streets have been calmer since curfews were imposed in five southeastern provinces, restrictions unseen since the 1990s when PKK forces were fighting the Turkish military in the southeast. President Tayyip Erdogan said that protesters had exploited the events in Kobani as an excuse to sabotage the peace process. Kurdish protesters took the streets in Turkey, setting cars on fire and clashing with police while denouncing Ankara's stance on the crisis in Kobani. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).