Clashes break out over banned meeting in SE Turkey

Clashes have erupted between police and members of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), after police refused to allow demonstrators to attend a "Democratic Resistance for Freedom Rally" meeting in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır today, daily Hürriyet has reported. 

Police prevented demonstrators from entering Diyarbakır's İstasyon Square, where the meeting was set to be held, by using tear gas and pressurized water. A number of BDP members reportedly fired back at the police. 

BDP officials sought to go ahead with the planned rally, despite the Diyarbakır Governor's Office’s announcement on Monday that it would not permit the gathering.

Around 5,000 police officers and additional forces have been dispatched to the city.

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