Police use waters cannons, rubber pellets on protesters marching in solidarity with the mainly Kurdish town of Cizre, the site of recent pro-Kurdish separatist unrest. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Turkish riot police charged at a crowd of some 200 protesters on Sunday (September 13), firing water cannons and rubber pellets as the protesters tried to march to Taksim square. The protesters had gathered in Istanbul's Istiklal Street in solidarity with residents of the southeast town of Cizre, where tens of thousands of people had taken to the streets that day to bury 16 people killed in earlier clashes during a week-long curfew. Weeks of fresh unrest had hit the mainly Kurdish southeast, where the outlawed PKK has been fighting a decades-long separatist insurgency for greater Kurdish autonomy. The group is designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has promised the fight against the insurgents will go on until "not one terrorist is left". The conflict has flared up as Turkey prepares for a snap parliamentary election on November 1 after a June vote was inconclusive.