Kurdish protester dies after clashes with Turkish police
Kurdish protester dies after clashes with Turkish police

A Kurdish protester who was seriously wounded during fierce weekend clashes with police in southeast Turkey died of his injuries in hospital today .

Bemal Topcu, 25, was allegedly struck on the head by a tear gas canister fired by Turkish riot police during demonstrations in the town of Yuksekova on Saturday.

Tensions have been raged in the Kurdish-dominated region since two protesters were shot dead by police in clashes in Yuksekova on Friday night, which were sparked by claims that Kurdish rebel cemeteries had been destroyed. The violence led to weekend demos in several towns as well as Turkey's biggest city Istanbul.

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