Kurds Protesting Turkish Prison Raids Clash with Swiss Police

Published December 20th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A group of around 400 Kurds protesting the recent crackdown in Turkish jails clashed with police Wednesday in the northwestern Swiss town of Basel, local police said. 

Four policemen were slightly injured when the protest turned violent, sparked by what police said was the protestors' refusal to follow orders. 

The demonstrators had gathered to condemn prison raids by Turkish security forces aimed at breaking a two-month hunger strike by leftist inmates opposed to the Turkish government's prison reform plans. 

About a dozen Turkish activists also occupied a room in the Swiss federal parliament building in Bern Tuesday to protest the crackdown. 

At least 17 inmates have died by self-immolation in the raids, and two soldiers were killed as prisoners opened fire on security forces, officials said Wednesday. Some 80 inmates and four soldiers were injured -- BASEL (AFP)  




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