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Kurdish Protests Continue in Southeastern Turkey


Hundreds of Kurds clashed Monday with Turkish security forces near the Syrian border, in a seventh day of unrest spawned by last week's killing of 14 Kurdish rebels by government security forces.

Turkish news reports say the latest clashes occurred in the town of Viransehir as police tried to break up a crowd of about 500 protesters, some of whom threw stones and gasoline bombs.

In Istanbul, three people were killed by a bus late Sunday as the driver tried to avoid gasoline bombs thrown by demonstrators.

The overall death toll from the week of violence stands at 15.

The unrest started in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir last Tuesday after a funeral for 14 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party.

The PKK, which operates in southeastern Turkey and has bases in northern Iraq, has been fighting Turkey for Kurdish autonomy since 1984. More than 30,000 people have been killed.

The United States and the European Union list the PKK as a terrorist organization.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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