Elections in Turkey spawn Kurdish protests as 3000 votes are voided in key city


Protests broke out in the city of Agri in the mostly Kurdish region of Turkey when it was announced that 3000 votes had been voided during the elections last weekend. Supporters of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party protested the discarding of votes after their party lost the city elections by a very close margin to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

The 3000 votes could have very well tipped the elections in the other direction, many analysts agree. Kurdish protesters took to the streets for several days and the government declared a state of emergency in the city.

Unfortunately, police have met the protesters with violence and brutality as footage from the local demonstrations has shown. The following video shows violence from at least one intervention by police during a protest that took place in the city streets.

(Warning: This video contains violence and may not be suitable for children.)