Kurdish teen dies during protest in Turkey
A 15-year-old Kurdish teenager has been killed in clashes between police and protesters in the Turkish city of Adana.
The teen reportedly died on Sunday during a demonstration held against the construction of new military posts in the southern Turkish city.
According to reports, the teenager was hit in the head by a stun grenade fired by security forces.
Several demonstrations have been held in Kurdish-majority areas over the construction of new army posts, which are considered by some as a threat to the peace process between the Turkish government and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
On June 6, two Kurdish protestors were killed during clashes between protesters and security forces in Lice, in the southeastern Diyarbakir Province, where the government is constructing military barracks.
The deaths sparked demonstrations across Turkey. Diyarbakir has been a scene of protests against the Turkish government for the past few days.
Also on Sunday, dozens of Kurdish protesters took to the streets in Istanbul to express their anger at the killing of the two Kurds.
The government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is holding peace talks with the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party to end a 30-year conflict. The PKK has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region in southeastern Turkey since the 1980s. The conflict has left tens of thousands of people dead. The PKK is listed as a terrorist group by many countries.