A protester kicks a gas canister as Turkish police fire tear gas in Diyarbakir on Feb. 27, 2016 during a demonstration against government-imposed curfews on areas of eastern Turkey. AFP / ILYAS AKENGIN
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Turkish police on Saturday fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters who demonstrated against a three-month military crackdown backed by a curfew in the mainly Kurdish southeastern city of Diyarbakir.The Turkish authorities have kept the curfew in place in the central Sur district of Diyarbakir since December 2 in a bid to root out Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants.The PKK launched a formal insurgency against the Turkish state in 1984, initially fighting for Kurdish independence although it now presses more for greater autonomy and rights for the country's largest ethnic minority.
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