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Turkish police clash with protesters over sacking 11,500 teachers

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Turkish police clash with protesters over sacking 11,500 teachers

Turkish police have clashed with demonstrators protesting the dismissal of 11,500 teachers suspected of links with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group in the southeast of the country.

Police used tear gas and water cannon on Friday to disperse hundreds of protesters, including suspended teachers, who took part in the rally in front of the education directorate in city of Diyarbakir while whistling and shouting slogans against the dismissals mostly targeting educators from the Kurdish-majority region of the country.

Among the slogans shouted by the protesters were “We will win by resisting!" and "Shoulder to shoulder against fascism!" as cited in an AFP report.

At least 30 protesters were arrested.

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