Despite officials denying them permission to rally, pro-Kurdish demonstrators protest against a suicide bomb attack that killed 32 people this week. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Hundreds of protesters gathered in Istanbul on Sunday (July 26) to denounce a suspected Islamic State suicide bomb attack that killed 32 people this week in the southeastern town of Suruc close to Syrian border. The explosion tore through a group of mostly university-aged students from an activist group as they gathered to make a statement to the local press about a trip they were planning to help rebuild Kobani. Many of those killed in the attack were Kurds. The attack kicked off waves of unrest in the largely Kurdish southeast by those who say President Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted AK Party have covertly supported Islamic State against the Kurds. The government denies the accusation. Protesters initially tried to organize a peace rally for Istanbul on Sunday but their request was denied by the governor's office, citing security concerns and dense traffic. A large crowd turned out, nonetheless. Turkey, long a reluctant member of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, made a dramatic turnaround this week by granting the Western alliance access to its air bases and launching air raids against both Islamic State and the PKK. The relapse into serious conflict between Turkey and the PKK has raised doubts about the future of NATO member Turkey's peace process with Kurdish foes that started in 2012, after 28 years of bloodshed, but has recently stalled.