Turkish police teargas anti-ISIS protesters in several cities
Media reports say police in Istanbul and at least six other Turkish cities clashed with hundreds of demonstrators protesting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group’s advance on a Kurdish town on Syria’s border with Turkey.
The Turkish news agency Dogan said Tuesday clashes broke out in several Istanbul neighborhoods overnight Monday, as protesters set up barricades.
Police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse the protesting crowd. Demonstrators responded by hurling stones, fireworks and firebombs at police and setting a bus on fire. One police officer was injured.
The mostly Kurdish-populated cities of Diyarbakir, Batman, Van, Sirnak, Sanliurfa and Hakkari witnessed similar protests.
According to Dogan, 20,000 people were protesting against ISIS on Turkey border with Iraq on Tuesday.
Chanting anti-ISIS slogans, the crowd marched along the border, ending their protest with a press release in Kurdish language.
The Turkish security forces on Monday used tear gas to push dozens of reporters and Kurdish civilians away from the border zone, as they fled the intense fighting in the besieged Syrian town of Kobane.
Armed forces employed tear gas for the second day in a row to push people back from the border area, which has become increasingly dangerous due to mortars fired from Syria, an AFP correspondent reported.
Last Wednesday, Turkish police detained three students at Istanbul University suspected of being sympathizers of ISIS following clashes at an anti-jihadist campus protest, reports said.
Police stormed the university’s faculty of humanities and science in Istanbul’s Beyazit district after Islamist students armed with sticks and stones attacked another group protesting against ISIS.
Three students were detained after being identified by police as ISIS supporters because they were wearing black masks and hats during the fight earlier Wednesday, Hurriyet newspaper reported on its website.
ISIS fighters, backed by tanks and artillery, have pushed into the embattled Kobane, touching off heavy street battles with the town’s Kurdish defenders.
Source: Al Akhbar