One killed in Kurdish protests in Turkey: Politician

Kurds were protesting in Bismil against a decision by electoral authorities.

Last Updated: Apr 21, 2011, 12:08 PM IST

Diyarbakir: A senior Kurdish politician said one person was killed on Wednesday when police opened fire on Kurdish protestors, and cancelled a meeting with the President, Anatolia news agency reported.

Selahattin Demirtas said the incident occurred in the southeastern town of Bismil, where Kurds were holding a demonstration to protest a decision by electoral authorities to disqualify several prominent Kurds from running in upcoming elections.

Local officials could confirm only several injured people, among them three in serious condition, while a witness reported seeing one dead.
Demirtas said he would not go to a meeting with President Abdullah Gul later on Wednesday, which was scheduled in an effort to ease tensions over the barred candidates.

Bureau Report