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Kurds clash with police in southeasternTurkey

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Clashes broke out in the southeastern Turkish province of Cizre on Saturday night between Kurdish protesters and the police after the funeral ceremony of a PKK rebel. Protesters hurled petrol bombs and fireworks at armored police vehicles as riot police retaliated with smoke grenades and water cannons. There were no reports of people being wounded or detained. The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) insurgency has tarnished Turkey's human rights record and crippled the economy in the mainly Kurdish southeast of the country. More than 40,000 people have been killed in fighting since 1984. Tensions has been high in the region as Syrian Kurds have been clashing with Islamist rebels in Syria's northeast in a bid to tighten their grip on an area close to the Turkish border where they have been seeking to establish autonomous rule. Their assertiveness has posed a quandary for Turkey as it tries to make peace on its own so

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