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Kurdish Diaspora track the escalating violence in Turkey online

Violent clashes continued for a fifth day in Turkey following the constitutional court’s decision to outlaw the country's only Kurdish political party. Today, two protestors were reportedly shot dead. The Kurdish Diaspora are watching the events unfold through amateur videos posted online..

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Violent clashes continued for a fifth day in Turkey following the constitutional court’s decision to outlaw the country's only Kurdish political party. Today, two protestors were http://www.institutkurde.org/en/kurdorama/" target="_blank">reportedly shot dead. The Kurdish Diaspora are watching the events unfold on amateur videos of the events posted online.

The Democratic Society Party (DTP) was outlawed Friday for alleged links to separatist rebels, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is classed as a terrorist group by Turkey and the European Union. The news sparked an outbreak in ethnic violence across the country, where 20% of the population is Kurdish. Protests also took place in Istanbul and Kurdistan, which ultimately escalated into violent clashes with the police.

The footage was filmed in Bulanik, Mus Province, southeast Turkey, where it is reported that two people were killed and six injured during the violence. The cameraman is unknown.

“My Kurdish friends say that far-right party members were shooting at them”

Ahmed Ilker works for the Kurdish Institute of Paris.

I fled Turkey in 1980 during the repression against the Kurds. I've lived in Paris ever since, but much of my family stayed in Istanbul and Kurdistan. There are around 50-60 thousand Kurds living in the Paris region; 70 percent of them are refugees.

Some of my friends have been demonstrating in Istanbul. They say that MHP [far-right] party members were shooting at them. I'm worried it's going to turn into a civil war.   

I've been watching the amateur videos posted online by Iraqi Kurds in Erbil [north Iraq]. It's great to see how motivated they are.   

Of course here where I work everyone supports the Kurds for demonstrating against the Turkish authorities. Like them, we're revolted by the outlawing of the DTP, which is a completely legal party."