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Protesters ransack government office

April 2, 2006

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— Kurdish protesters attacked government offices and a bank while police fired shots and tear gas to scatter thousands of demonstrators Saturday in Turkey's Kurdish-dominated southeast.

Thousands of Kurds in the town of Kiziltepe tried to march to the local headquarters of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party to protest the deaths of eight people in five days in the southeast. One Kurdish demonstrator was fatally shot Saturday, said Nazmi Gur of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party.

Demonstrators threw stones and fire bombs, ransacked a tax office and set fire to a bank and the offices of the ruling party, according to local media reports. Armored personnel carriers hurtled down the streets, and police fired shots into the air and sprayed tear gas to scatter the marchers.

A 27-year-old man was fatally shot in the head, Gur said. Kiziltepe State Hospital confirmed that the man died of gunshot wounds. Gov. Mehmet Kiliclar confirmed one death and said 16 people, including seven police officers, were injured in the clashes. Police detained some 30 demonstrators, he said.

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