Amnesty International says Turkish forces used firearms to disperse crowds in situations where there was no threat to life or property. The protests erupted in southeastern cities of Diyarbakir, Gaziantep and Siirt in October 2014 following the ISIL’s all-out offensive against the Syrian town of Kobani. At least 40 people were killed during the crackdown. The protesters accused Ankara of turning a blind eye to the ISIL’s attacks against Syrian Kurds. Amnesty has found that police intervention in certain protests only led to the escalation of the tensions. The rights group also slammed Turkish authorities for failing to effectively investigate the deaths and injuries.
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